LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio analysts forecast the global respiratory protection equipment (RPE) market to grow at a CAGR of close to 7% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.
The research study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global respiratory protection equipment market for 2016-2020. The report also lists air-purifying respirators (APR) and self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) as the two major product segments whose sales are used to determine the revenue generated by the market.
The growing awareness of employee health and safety, coupled with the increasing industrial fatalities due to the lack of protective gear, will drive the market growth in future.
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Technavio analysts highlight the following three factors that are contributing to the growth of the global respiratory protection equipment market:
- Government regulations on work environment
- Increase in hydraulic fracturing activity
- Increase in terrorist attacks
Government regulations on work environment
Governing bodies across the world are charged with ascertaining the welfare and safety of employees. For example, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the US OSHA is engaged in ensuring that a workplace is free from recognized hazards that can cause serious physical harm to workers in North America, Europe, Asia, and others. With the increase in workplace accidents and reports of unsafe working conditions, these governing bodies are taking measures to ensure that employers follow the regulations on work environment, employee safety, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE). These bodies also conduct safety inspections at facilities to ensure the safety of employees. As these regulations are mandatory in various industries, employers need to follow these regulations and provide employees with proper PPE.
In Europe, the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC issued by the European Council mandates the use of RPE in relevant workplaces. In the US, the OSHA's Respiratory Protection Standard 1910.134 mandates the use of RPE. “In the wake of these governmental regulations, the demand for respiratory protective equipment (RPE) is expected to increase during the forecast period,” says Abhay Sinha, a lead analyst at Technavio.
Increase in hydraulic fracturing activity
Globally, conventional and natural gas resources are being depleted. Producing oil and gas from unconventional resources like shale and tight rock formations was considered a challenging and economically unviable option. However, the introduction and adoption of the hydraulic fracturing process, especially in the US where shale gas is produced in significant volume and at relatively low costs, has changed this scenario. The hydraulic fracturing process involves pumping large quantities of a mixture of water, frac sand, and chemicals into the ground to create small fractures in the impermeable rock formation and release oil and gas. Oil and gas extraction through hydraulic fracturing has been growing exponentially since 2010, driving the demand for frac sand.
However, this process can expose well site workers to respirable silica dust and, in turn, a high risk of developing silicosis, a form of occupational lung disease. Silicosis can lead to chronic bronchitis, tuberculosis, and even death in acute cases. To protect the oil and gas workers from silica dust, OSHA has introduced the 29 CFR 1910.134 Respiratory Protection Standard. It requires employers to provide NIOSH-approved respirators, fit testing, training, and medical evaluations. Thus, with the increase in unconventional oil and gas extraction activities using the hydraulic fracturing process, the demand for RPE is expected to increase over the forecast period.
Increase in terrorist attacks
From 1970 to 2014, 143 terrorist attacks, were reported globally. These consist of 95 chemical, 35 biological, and 13 radiological attacks. The increased threat of chemical attacks forces countries to improve their preparedness in future and equip their rescue and law enforcement forces with proper ammunition as well as safety equipment. Although RPE are not effective against all forms of chemical or biological attacks, gas masks, used properly, can protect wearers to a significant extent.
In 2015, the demand for RPE increased in France as the French authorities were preparing for terrorist attacks due to safety apprehensions about Euro 2016 soccer tournament. The rescue services and the police force undertook a variety of exercises to increase preparedness. “As rescue and law enforcement forces are required to wear PPE and gas masks for drills, the demand for RPE from the law enforcement sector has been increasing globally,” says Abhay.
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