Growing Concerns about Workplace Safety Augment Global Respiratory Protective Equipment Market
Demand for respiratory protective equipment (RPE), i.e., facemasks, helmets, respirators, filter cartridges and gas bottles is determined by a several of factors. The use of RPE in specific applications or industries is generally regulated by legislation or working regulations. The objective of these requirements is to protect the wearer and other person’s health and safety. The legislation also determines the type(s) of RPE that are permitted for use in defined hazardous work situations. For example, safety legislation includes The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992 which requires all users to maintain a list of hazardous substances present at their workplaces, together with details of any measures fitted to prevent or control their release into work areas. The general duty imposed by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 also requires employers to provide safe systems of work, so far as is reasonably practicable.
Other legislation has a significant impact on RPE use, regardless of the hazard present in different working situations. Legislation for instance includes The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 which requires all employers to consider the provision and use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in relation to their employees’ work activities. This requirement applies regardless of whether there is any risk associated with that activity.
Air-Purifying Respirators to Dominate Global Respiratory Protective Equipment Market
Respiratory protective equipment comes in three general forms: disposable respirators (also known as dust masks), reusable half-facepiece respirators, and full facepiece positive pressure self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). They are usually either simple or continuous-flow devices. Continuous flow devices use a cartridge containing some type of filter material and/or chemicals that remove contaminants from the air so that fresh air can be breathed by the wearer. However, since these types of systems only have one filter stage they tend to be limited in their protection against highly toxic chemicals and/or gases.
Disposable respirators, also known as dust masks, protect the wearer from large particles such as those released during construction or renovation work. They either have a very low breathing resistance or require no power to operate. This means they give the worker some protection against dust and dangerous gases but not much against toxic chemicals. The usual shape of disposable respirators makes them easy to carry in a pocket or tool belt if required.
Reusable half-facepiece respirators typically come with a flexible rubber facepiece that covers both nose and mouth made up of one or two attached filters that seal around the face allowing fresh air to be breathed by the user while protecting them from inhaling dangerous fumes and fine particles. They are typically less expensive than full facepiece respirators and easier to operate especially by workers with facial hair, glasses, or long hair.
Full-face respirators are similar in design to the half-facepiece but have an entire rubber facepiece that covers the eyes, nose, and mouth rather than just filters for protection against toxic dust, chemicals, gases as well as biological agents such as viruses. Full-face respirators come in a variety of options including self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) used primarily by firefighters and other rescue workers that provide clean air from an attached tank carried on the wearer's back, airline respirators that attach directly to a compressed air tank carried separately from the wearer by an airline hose and powered or unpowered supplied-air respirators that have electrical or compressed gas power units used primarily in industrial applications.
Asia Pacific to Offer Promising Growth Opportunity to Respiratory Protective Equipment Market
Industrialization in developing countries has been increasing in recent years. In order to provide workers with respiratory protection equipment for their safety, the demand for such products is expected to increase accordingly. With the increase of industrialization, there will be a rise in healthcare costs and expenses related to work-related diseases. Respiratory disease is the main concern among workers who are constantly exposed to a wide range of airborne contaminants during their course of employment. The World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that about one billion people suffer from conditions that can be attributed to air pollution from both occupational and nonoccupational sources. Developing countries that have an urgent need for protective equipment against air pollutants would represent the most promising markets for respiratory protection products developed by companies.
Industrialization has been on the rise in developing countries, especially Indian and China. As many workers are exposed to air contaminants or gases during their course of employment, companies need to offer respiratory protection equipment that would keep these people safe. The WHO has stated that about one billion people suffer from conditions caused by air pollution, both occupational and nonoccupational. To expand into this market, companies will have to focus on countries where industrial development is on the rise since these are also the same places with a higher likelihood of work-related diseases related to airborne contaminants.
Developing countries are at risk of health problems due to poor ventilation inside buildings as well as outside exhaust fumes from heavy industries. This affects not only highly industrialized cities but also rural areas since workers are at risk of being exposed to harmful gases, particles, and even molds. Developing countries would benefit from respiratory protection equipment that can safeguard them against airborne contaminants that may cause health problems later.
Global Respiratory Protective Equipment Market: Prominent Market Players
3M, MSA Safety, Honeywell International, Dragerwerk, Kimberly-Clark, Avon Protection Systems, Alpha Pro Tech, Bullard, Gentex, and Jayco Safety Products are some of the key players operating in the global respiratory protective equipment market.
3M sets a good example in providing advanced solutions that provide safety to workers who are exposed to harmful elements found in their immediate environment. For example, there are disposable respirators along with reusable dust masks available at 3M's website. An interesting fact is that 3M has also developed a technology called Ottofilter which helps in capturing particles as small as 0.1 micron using Filtrete™ technology beads.
Alpha Pro Tech serves its customers through North America and Europe and brings more than three decades of experience in the field to produce high-quality air-purifying respirators which are commonly used in first response situations.
There are other brands too that have been producing positive results for their customers by providing respiratory protection equipment that is comfortable to wear, easy to clean, and most importantly provides the required safety from harmful elements.
Regional Classification of the Global Respiratory Protective Equipment Market is Listed Below:
Middle East and Africa
*Regions and countries are subject to change based on data availability.
Key Elements Included In The Study: Global Respiratory Protective Equipment Market
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