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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Size, Share & Industry Analysis By Product (Head Protection, Eye & Face Protection, Hearing Protection, Protective Clothing, Respiratory Protection, Fall Protection Protective Footwear, Hand Protection, and Others), By Application (Construction, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, Chemical, Food, Pharmaceutical, Transportation, and Others) and Regional Forecast, 2019-2026

Region : Global | Published Date: Feb, 2020 | Report ID: FBI102015



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Growing consideration of workers’ safety in oil & gas, mining, construction, and manufacturing industries shall drive the personal protective equipment market trends. Personal protective equipment includes all safety gear which protect the users against workplace hazards. Employers are mostly seeking PPE gears for their personnel as it benefits saving surplus expenses on employees’ compensation, medical expenditures, and lost manufacturing time. Strict regulatory mandates by bodies such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), have made it compulsory for the workers to ensure safety equipment usage in the accident prone areas, which in turn is expected boost the market growth.


Utilization of Biodegradable and Recyclable Materials for Manufacturing Safety Gloves to Fuel the Market  

Glove manufacturers in the U.S. are taking efforts to make the environment greener, safer, and cleaner. Millions of gloves are going into landfills every year and causing soil pollution. Recently, companies introduced a biodegradable disposable nitrile glove which is encouraging the domain of green product development. Glove producers can reduce energy footprint by designing new machines and modifying the existing machines which can lower energy consumption. Additionally, companies can offer packaging made from 100% recycled materials for inner dispensers and outer cases made from 100% post – consumer waste.

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Sustainable Usage of Hard Hats Has Emerged as a Significant Market Trend

Ongoing trend of using eco-friendly materials to maintain environmental safety has led to a rise in the industrial head protection market segment. Companies are sourcing eco-friendly raw materials such as fossil fuels to manufacture safety helmets and advancement in technology to augment product demand. For instance, MSA offers V-Gard GREEN Hard Hat which are USDA Certified Bio-based with 95% bio-based content. These helmets are manufactured from a biopolymer named Green High Density Polyethylene (GHDPE), mainly made from sugarcane-based ethanol. The product offers benefits of reducing atmospheric CO2 and cutting carbon emissions as it is derived from GHDPE.


Security and Safety Compliances at Workplace to Augment the Market

Increasing awareness regarding workers’ safety and health along with growing industry fatalities is fostering the growth of the personal protective equipment market size. The market includes safety helmets, safety footwear, protective clothing, ear plugs, safety goggles and eye wares, protective gloves, emergency escape devices, and full body harnesses.

Increasing number of fatalities rate or hazards in workplace has forced workers to use PPE market to ensure safety of the individuals. For instance, according to International Association of Oil & Gas Producers (IOGP), there was an 8% drop in the fatal accident rate and drop in the fatalities in oil & gas industry from 33 in 2017 to 31 in 2018. NIOSH has issued recommendations for decreasing the risk of such fatalities by conducting hazard assessment on the well site, train workers on the hazards associated with gauging tanks, usage of respiratory protection such as Self-contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) must be recommended, and establishing emergency medical response during the event. Moreover, the OSHA has framed occupational health and safety regulations in the U.S. in order to promote the proper usage of personal protective equipment. Also, various compliance consulting firms are providing recognized certifications and tests for proper product usage and maintain a healthy workplace environment.

Growth in the Construction Industry to Drive the Personal Protective Equipment Market

Growing infrastructure and construction projects in the U.S., China, and India may create huge market expansion opportunity, according to the personal protective equipment market analysis. According to OSHA, construction sector recorded over 995 out of 4,500 deaths, mainly due to struck by objects, electrocution, falls, trench cave-ins, and malfunctioning equipment such as cranes and forklifts.

Falls are the major reason of fatalities rate in the construction sector. According to OSHA, construction-related falls result in around 100,000 injuries and nearly 100 to 200 deaths every year. Increase in novel infrastructure projects for residential & commercial building developments shall boost Personal protective equipment market demand. Furthermore, construction workers wear protective boots or shoes with puncture-resistant and slip-resistant soles to prevent crushed toes when working around falling objects or heavy equipment. Stringent regulatory policies and norms along with high mortality rate have been framed to safeguard workers’ wellbeing, thereby contributing towards growth in the personal protective equipment market.


Sale of Inexpensive and Low Quality Products to Restrict Market Growth

Lack of consumer awareness regarding workplace hazards accompanied with sale of substandard, low grade, and inexpensive products may hinder the personal protective equipment market growth. Besides this, threat from duplicate, inferior quality, and substitute products may hamper the industrial safety footwear segment growth. Moreover, these products undergo vigorous and strict quality checks which are mainly formulated by regulatory bodies to overcome such unorganized sector.


By Product Analysis

Hand Protection to Dominate the Market during the Forecast Period

Based on product, the Personal protective equipment market is classified into head protection, hearing protection, eye & face protection, protective clothing, protective footwear, respiratory protection, hand protection, fall protection, and others. Hand protection accounts for the major share of the market. Growing awareness pertaining to workers’ safety in mining, construction, equipment manufacturing, and chemical industries will bolster industrial safety gloves segment demand. Workplace activities involve handling sharp edge materials such as metal, abrasion, and glass materials, which may augment product adoption. Safety gloves safeguard workers from chemical burns and metal cuts. Also, most of the safety gloves companies are forming strategies in the form of acquisition to enhance product portfolio and boost business expansion. For instance, in February 2019, Ansell Limited acquired Ringers Gloves, provider of specialty impact gloves to general and oil & gas industries. This acquisition would help both the companies to strengthen their market leadership in the industrial hand protection business.

By Application Analysis

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Manufacturing Industry Accounted for Major Share in the personal protective equipment market

By application, the market segments include manufacturing, construction, oil & gas, chemical, food, pharmaceutical, transportation, and others. Manufacturing industry is anticipated to account for the major share during the forecast time period as it requires a wide range of PPE gears as the industry involves major injuries. For instance, welding industry workers must use earmuffs or ear plugs to protect against noise, along with protective gloves and safety shoes for protection against electric shocks, heat burns, and fires. Also, protective respirators are used to protect against oxides and fumes. While welding, one must wear helmet, flame resistant protective clothing, googles and hand shield to protect against radiation, hot slags, chemical burns, sparks, and flying particles.


The findings based on our research methodology indicate North America will lead the personal protective equipment market share during the forecast period. Rise in fatal accidents in the workplace along with increasing workers’ and manufacturers’ awareness regarding occupational safety measures will drive the regional market growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the U.S., a record of around 5,250 workers died from work-related injury in 2018. Additionally, increasing government expenditure in medical and healthcare sectors will further drive the personal protective equipment market during the upcoming years.

North America Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Size, 2018 (USD Billion)

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Europe is expected to be the second dominant region in this market due to rise in government investments on renewable energy sources. Supportive government regulation, such as the EU Directive 2016/425 on PPE ensuring quality standards for safety equipment sold in the European market, will fuel regional market growth.            

Asia-Pacific is expected to witness significant gains during the forecast timeframe. Rising infrastructure spending supported by rapid industrialization mainly in India, Vietnam, and China has led to rise in the manufacturing industries in this region. Construction & building industry may see an uptrend on account of government policy implementations regarding smart and energy-efficient building technologies. 


Ansell Limited Entered into Strategic Partnership with ProGlove to Develop Hand Protection Solutions

In November 2019, Ansell Limited entered into a partnership with ProGlove, an industrial wearables provider, to develop hand protection solutions. This partnership will highlight IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) innovation in growing Ansell’s PPE business and to create a safer work environment. This will also provide the workers the digital assistance for choosing the right protective gears.

Some of the Key Companies Profiled in the Report are:

  • Honeywell International, Inc.

  • 3M

  • Ansell Ltd.

  • Alpha ProTech

  • Avon Protection

  • DuPont

  • COFRA S.r.l.

  • Uvex Group

  • Mallcom (India) Limited

  • MSA

  • Blue Eagle

  • Udyogi Plastics Pvt. Ltd

  • Gateway Safety, Inc.

  • Radians, Inc.

  • Rock Fall (UK) Ltd


  • TenCate Fabrics

  • Acme Safetywears Limited

  • Towa Corporation

  • Supermax Corporation Berhad

  • MCR Safety

  • Lakeland Inc.

  • W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

  • Bullard

  • KARA

Key Players to Uphold their Market Position Across Different PPE-related Areas

Major players operating in the industry are adopting strategies such as strategic partnerships, new product launch & development, mergers & acquisitions, and agreements to enhance their market share and presence. Moreover, to build competitiveness, companies are increasing their existing product offerings.

The majority of market is highly fragmented in nature, with the presence of several local as well as regional players. Companies are offering customized products with face protection glass, night lamp holder, and sensors to ensure workers’ safety. Most of the manufacturers are investing in product and technology innovation to gain core competency within domestic and international markets.


The personal protective equipment market report offers qualitative and quantitative insights on this market and a detailed analysis of market size & growth rate for all possible segments in the market.

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Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of market dynamics, emerging trends, and competitive landscape. Key insights offered in the report are the adoption trends of PPE by individual segments, recent industry developments such as partnerships, mergers & acquisitions, consolidated SWOT analysis of key players, Porter’s five forces analysis, business strategies of leading market players, macro and micro-economic indicators, and key industry trends.



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  Value (USD Billion)

By Product

  • Head Protection

    • Safety Helmets & Hard Hats

    • Bump Caps

  • Eye & Face Protection

    • Safety Spectacles

    • Safety Goggles

    • Welding Shields

    • Face Shields

    • Head Gear

  • Hearing Protection

    • Cap Mounted Earmuffs

    • Ear Plugs

    • Hearing Bands

  • Protective Clothing

    • Flame Retardant Apparel

    • Chemical Defending Garment

    • High Visibility Clothing

    • Others

  • Respiratory Protection

    • SCBA- Fire Service

    • SCBA- Industrial

    • APR - Disposable

    • Emergency Escape Devices

  • Fall Protection

    • Soft Goods

    • Hard Goods

    • Full Body Harness

    • Rescue Kits

    • Body Belts

  • Protective Footwear

  • Hand Protection

  • Others

By Application

  • Construction

  • Manufacturing

  • Oil & Gas

  • Chemical

  • Food

  • Pharmaceutical

  • Transportation

  • Others

By Region

  • North America (U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Australia, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, and Rest of Latin America)

  • Middle East & Africa (South Africa, UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Rest of the Middle East & Africa)


  • August 2019 - Avon Rubber acquired 3M's ballistic protection business and the rights to Ceradyne brand for an initial cash consideration of around USD 91 million. This acquisition will widen Avon Protection’s PPE product range with next-generation ballistic helmets and body armor brands. Also, it will enhance both the companies’ R&D and manufacturing capability and strengthen the product portfolio.

  • May 2019 – MIPS acquired a Canadian helmet technology brand Fluid Inside. This acquisition will widen MIPS’s product offerings and strengthen its market position in brain protection systems by offering novel safety helmets.

Frequently Asked Questions

As per Fortune Business Insights study, the market is predicted to reach USD 85.72 billion by 2026 with a CAGR of 7.3% (2019 -2026).

Increase in fatality rates in construction, manufacturing, oil & gas, food, pharmaceutical, mining, and chemical industries along with favorable government policies to use protective gears may augment product demand. Some of these industries are: o In the construction industry, importance of PPE includes equipment which are used to protect the workers from occupational injuries such as head, lungs, ears, skin, and eyes. Construction workers should wear hard hats or safety helmets to protect against falling objects and accidental head contact with electrical hazards. Use of earplugs or earmuffs in heavy noise working areas. o In the pharmaceutical industry, employees may come in contact with chemical substances, drugs, and biological agents. For example, DuPont offers protective clothing made of Tyvek which aids to protect against particles and control contamination, thereby ensuring safety of pharmaceutical staffs. o Oil and gas industry requires PPE, including hearing protection, eye protection, flame-resistant clothing (FRC), and hand & foot protection.

In 2018, the global PPE market was USD 48.97 billion and it is anticipated to reach USD 85.72 billion by 2026 growing at a modest CAGR of 7.3% during the forecast period (2019 -2026).

Lack of consumer awareness regarding workplace hazards along with sale of substandard, low grade, and inexpensive products may disrupt the market. Also, skin allergies due to latex material usage may hinder the industrial protective gloves market. Risk associated from inferior quality, substitute, and duplicate products may disrupt the industrial protective shoes market.

In the personal protective equipment market, protective clothing and hand protection are the leading segments.

Some of the key driving factors for the market include growth in the construction industry, security and safety compliance at the workplace, and favorable government regulations regarding the usage of protective gears.

Some of the key players in this market are Honeywell International, 3M, Ansell Ltd., DuPont, Avon Protection, MSA, and Mallcom (India) Limited

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