Worldwide respiratory protective equipment (RPE) market contributed over USD 4,822 million in 2014. Increasing concerns towards employee health & safety coupled with augmenting industrial fatalities is likely to boost industry growth over the coming years.
Occupational safety and health administration (OSHA) is a regulatory agency that offers safety standards in regions like Europe and North America is likely to drive the market further. World health organization and Disease control and prevention have set regulations for threshold levels for the employees working in the healthcare sector worldwide.
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New applications in the maket requiring RPE with advanced quality material and design is expected to drive the overall market. Also, multipurpose respiratory products coupled with rising requirement for products that are technically advanced are anticipated to drive innovations in the market.
Supplied air respirators and RPE like air-purifying respirators (APR) are used in industries to guarantee security of employees against inhaling harmful, gases, gases and fumes. In 2014, APR emerged as the major respiratory protective equipment segment contributing over 55% of the total revenue. This segment is projected to experience high growth on account of increasing demand in oil&gas, petrochemical and mining sector.
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Supplied air respirator contributed over 40% of the revenue in 2014 and is further expected to undergo high growth. It is also used as substitute for APRs, where an advanced degree of respiratory protection is needed.
In 2014, North America led the market for respiratory protective equipment contributing over 30% of total market share. Augmenting employee awareness towards personal safety coupled with strict regulatory scenario may be attributed for rising penetration in the region.
Asia Pacific is expected to experience high growth over the coming years. Furthermore, it is likely to account for over 18% of the total revenue by the year 2022. Rising transportation and oil & gas industries coupled with escalating construction investment mainly in regions like Vietnam, China, Indonesia and India is likely to expand RPE demand over the forecast period. Skilled labor requirements in the regions like South America and South East Asia is projected to impact the industry over the forecast period.
Alpha Pro Tech, Bulwark Protective Apparel, Uvex Safety Group, 3M Co. and DuPont are the key firms operating in the respiratory protective equipment market.
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