One of the most challenging aspects of providing emergency medical care is attending to patients who have been contaminated with hazardous materials. The current day safety trends in the workplace have improved. Due to strict law enforcement and employee safety, most of the employers ensure safety to avoid job-related injuries. Companies make the best use of available resources to ensure everyday safety. For instance, throughout the United States and around the world, the National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment develops standards to test and certify emergency protective apparel. Most of the companies have on job safety training by specially allocated safety team, which is the major factor boosting the market growth. Furthermore, increased demand for hazmat suits after the outbreak of Ebola, a growing number of nuclear power plants worldwide, significant growth in the global chemical industry, high R&D investments in the life sciences industry, and the rapid growth of pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are the other factors driving the hazmat suits market, globally. However, few limitations with suits, such as restricted movement due to weight, restricted vision from face shields, and challenges in communicating in a two-way radio, are hampering the market growth. Moreover, lack of training provided to caregivers on efficient use of equipment and oxygen depletion in level a hazmat suits are the other restraining factors of the market.
Key Market Trends
Level A - Hazmat Suit Holds the Largest Share in Hazmat Suits Market
Level A Hazmat gear safeguards against vapors, gases, mists, and splashes, so it must be gas-tight, vapor-tight, and splash resistant to offer protection against dangerous chemicals or other materials. These suits include full-face self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) or positive pressure supplied-air respirator with escape SCBA and a two-way radio, which is worn inside the suit. These are vapor-tight, providing total encapsulation and a high level of protection against direct and airborne chemical contact. If there is a probable threat to life and health from incidents, such as clean up from a chemical spill, Level A protection is required.
Asia-Pacific is the Fastest Growing Region in the Hazmat Suits Market
Asia-Pacific is one of the rapidly growing markets for hazmat suits, as there is a rise in the end-use applications. Also, owing to the growth in the economic activities in Asia-Pacific, there is a growing focus on the development of the healthcare industry, which includes safety as well. The usage of effective protecting equipment in the handling of harmful waste is still not a standard practice in some of the Asia-Pacific countries. Countries in the Asia-Pacific region are also adapting to the advanced waste management practices, by using hazmat suits. Also, most of the manufacturing companies of Level C and D type suits are located in China due to the cost advantages. This factor, in turn, fuels the hazmat suits market in the region.
Major players in the hazmat suits market are actively participating in the development of a new platform for the patient records. For instance, in February 2018, one of the key players, Ansell, introduced GAMEX PI GLOVE-IN-GLOVE SYSTEM, which is the world’s first, pre-donned double-gloving system. Major players in the market are 3M Company, Dragerwerk AG Co., DuPont Inc., Halyard Health Inc., Kimberly Clark Corporation, and Lakeland Industries Inc., among others
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