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The North America emergency shower & eye wash station market size was USD 135.72 million in 2020. The market is projected to grow from USD 148.45 million in 2021 to USD 197.05 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 4.1% in 2021-2028. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with emergency shower & eyewash stations witnessing a negative impact on demand across all regions amid the pandemic. Based on our analysis, the global market exhibited a lower growth of -0.47% in 2020 as compared to the average year-on-year growth during 2017-2019. The rise in the CAGR is attributable to this market’s demand and growth returning to pre-pandemic levels once the pandemic is over.
Emergency showers and eyewash stations are required in healthcare and industries where workers are likely to contact harmful chemicals and substances. The initial few seconds after being exposed to dangerous compounds are critical, and failing to act quickly can result in significant injury. As a result, emergency showers and eyewash stations are constructed in such circumstances.
Various varieties of stations are available on the market to meet the needs of various industries. During the forecast period, the emergency shower & eyewash stations market is likely driven by rising worker health concerns and strict government regulations.
Accidental exposure to dangerous chemicals can occur despite robust engineering controls, equipment, and safety procedures. Therefore, for the protection workers & labor, it is very important to go beyond PPE. On-the-spot decontamination is aided with emergency showers and eyewash stations. It aids in the removal of substances that may cause damage.
COVID-19 Pandemic - Low Sales Volume & Supply Chain Interruptions Impact Demand For Emergency Shower & Eyewash Station
The COVID-19 pandemic had a huge impact on several industries & had faced a major downfall. Supply chain processes were worst affected along with significant drop in demand. In addition, due to the slowdown in output, the sales for emergency shower & eyewash stations have witnessed a significant downfall. Additionally, the projected decline in some nations focused on local production resulted in a drop in demand for emergency shower & eyewash equipment.
Furthermore, supply chain disruptions also caused havoc in demand for this equipment. Additionally, the manufacturers also witnessed the lack of raw materials due to the import-export and travel restrictions leading to cancellations or postponements. In addition, the rise in oil & gas prices has hampered the logistics and transportation of this equipment, which has further affected the market. Due to the extreme COVID-19 situation, emergency shower & eyewash equipment manufacturers have experienced significant changes in their business operations.
However, since July 2020, the normalization of manufacturing processes across several industries in North America has gained traction. It managed to expand market prospects for major industry participants while increasing demand for emergency safety equipment in warehousing, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and a variety of other industries.
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Emphasis on Warehouse Operations & Shifting Consumer Preferences to Bolster Growth
Warehouses have been battling severe issues since the emergence of the pandemic owing to disrupted regional supply chains. In the current market scenario, there is a slight rise in the shopping preferences via online/e-commerce portals across the region, owing to a shift in consumer choice for faster home-based delivery. Various manufacturers and distributors construct multi-fulfillment centers for large, centralized warehouse hubs. These centers are deployed at local levels at a greater number, providing an efficient and fast last-minute ultra-fast delivery solution.
Building such large micro-fulfillment hubs within a short duration increases the risk of injuries to the workers, thus surging the demand for emergency showers and eyewash equipment at such locations, which is becoming a key market trend across North America. Large B2B manufacturing industry enterprises are capitalizing on sophisticated short-term rental warehouses for seasonal demand management. In accordance, it allows companies to remain active in rising demand without compromising the quality of storage and handling.
As the emergency shower & eye wash stations provide on-the-spot decontamination, it has to be correctly stored in the warehouses. As a result, the warehouse owners are heavily adopting automation and data-driven technologies to cater its end-users and supply defect-free emergency products, which is stimulating the North America emergency shower & eye wash station market growth.
Strong Government/Associations Policy Support To Augment Market Growth
The need for emergency showers and eye wash stations across North America has been surging since the last decade regarding rising assurance for safe and healthy working conditions by setting and enforcing standards.
As per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2010, around 15,110 U.S. workers were afflicted by chemical exposures, out of which 4,580 workers experienced eye injuries due to frequent chemical exposure. In addition, considering these aspects in manufacturing procedure, the adoption of the emergency shower & eye wash equipment has been surging across the country and is projected to rise over the next decade.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) association follows the ANSI (American National Standards Institute) standards as an important enforcement tool across North America. Several states across the country use the ANSI/ISEA Z358.1-2014 standard, the International Plumbing Code (IPC), and the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) for emergency shower and eyewash equipment to recognize hazards of corrosive and causative exposure. The government-backed introduction of these standards from renowned associations creates a reliable market scenario for the raw material vendors to the manufacturers and end-users. Thus, this is expected to uplift the market growth over the forecast period.
Therefore, the powerful government policy support & extensive usage these stations across several industries are projected contribute towards the market growth in the north america region.
Less Product Awareness Amongst End-users To Hinder Market Growth
Emergency showers and eyewash equipment are one of the multi-part series in emergency safety equipment that covers fixture requirements in the OSHA regulations for worker safety, as per the industry standards for maintaining the temperature actuated mixing valves for emergency fixtures. However, it is still observed that there is a huge misleading and less awareness about the emergency showers and eyewash stations amongst the end-users (specifically the employers).
In the current market scenario, it is witnessed that there are several employers across all the industrial and commercial sectors that are unaware of this equipment and the benefits that can be reaped from their applications. Despite being a developed country since the last five decades, various manufacturers across the industrial sectors, such as electronics and semiconductor, chemicals and pharmaceuticals, oil & gas, are unaware about the emergency showers and eyewash stations. Even commercial sectors, such as building and construction, and mining industries have no idea that these stations can help in minimizing critical injuries.
However, lesser product awareness amongst the end-users is expected to become the key market restraining factor in the near future.
Self-Contained Emergency Shower & Eye Wash Station Segment To Dominate The Market
By product type, the market is bifurcated into plumbed and self-contained.
The self-contained segment is anticipated to witness the highest growth rate over the forecast period, owing to the easy accessibility of the product on the go. This product can be carried around on various manufacturing, chemical, or construction sites, without access to a continuous water supply. These systems offer flexibility in the current market’s dynamic work process.
Plumbed product segment is expected to depict progressive market growth in the coming years. It is attributed to the specified fixed location of the product at labs that require a continuous source of the portable water system with adequate pressure and flow, becoming a challenging factor for the end-users.
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Healthcare & Pharmaceutical Industry is Expected to Surge in Demand for Emergency Safety Equipment Over Forecast Period
By industry, the further segmentation is done as per healthcare & pharmaceutical, chemicals, electronics, oil & gas, and others.
The healthcare & pharmaceutical sub-segment is projected to witness the highest CAGR over the forecast period, with increasing demand for the emergency shower & eyewash station in critical injury stages across the industry. Dealing with harmful chemicals leads to serious eye and body injuries, thus increasing first aid.
Chemical and semiconductor labs are expected to show progressive market growth in the near future. The semiconductor manufacturing and chemical labs are equipped with plumbed (fixed) emergency shower & eye wash stations and are known to gain liberal demand for the same products in the future.
The oil & gas industry is anticipated to depict stable growth in the forecast period, owing to the moderate risks of injury to the workers. Though the welding applications in the oil & gas industry may lead to severe eye injuries, the employers across this sector implant fixed emergency safety equipment to offer first aid during a crisis.
The others segment includes construction, mining, warehousing, and other industries with the highest market share in the market due to the large scale of ongoing projects and investments in these sectors. Thus, the others segment is expected to witness moderate growth in the near future with limited new purchasing and installations of this safety equipment.
The scope of the report comprises of three major countries, the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.
This market holds the second-highest market share globally, owing to the rising semiconductor and healthcare industries across the region.
The U.S. is anticipated to have the largest market share and highest CAGR in the North American market, owing to several developed key market players and distributors that offer this equipment to employers with greater need across several industries. The U.S. is a developed country, has stable economic growth and better financial inflows and outflows than the other countries; therefore, it builds ample opportunities for the emerging key players in the market as well as also increasing the emergency shower & eye wash station market share in the region.
On the other hand, Canada and Mexico are anticipated to have stagnant growth in the market with limited availability of raw material suppliers, manufacturers, and trivial distributors network across the countries. Also, lesser awareness about emergency safety equipment amongst Mexican industries is expected to limit the market growth in the country.
Major Players Focusing On Industry-Leading Technology For Different Applications
The market participants emphasize excellent region-to-region coverage to increase localization. Leading manufacturers are focused on industry-leading technology for emergency shower & eye wash products. They are inclined toward strategic approaches including, rebranding of existing products.
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The North America emergency shower & eye wash station market research report provides a detailed analysis of the type & application. It provides information about leading companies and their business overview, types, and leading applications of the product. Besides, it offers insights into the competitive landscape, SWOT analysis, current market trends, and highlights key drivers and restraints. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors contributing to the market's growth in recent years.
Value (USD million)
Product Type, Industry, Country
By Product Type
The Fortune Business Insights study showed that the market value stood at USD 135.72 million in 2020.
By 2028, the market value is expected to reach USD 197.05 million.
The market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 4.1%, exhibiting moderate growth during the forecast period (2021-2028)
U.S. is expected to hold a dominant market share, with its value standing at USD 122.28 million in 2020.
Within the type segment, self-contained is expected to be the leading segment in the market during the forecast period.
Strong government/associations policy support to bolster the oil & gas market.
Haws, Honeywell International Inc., Hughes Safety Showers, Uline, Speakman, Acorn Safety, Grainger, Bradley Corporation, Guardian Equipment, and Encon Safety Products, Inc. are the top companies.
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