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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market Size, By Product (Head [Safety Helmets & Hard Hats, Bump Caps], Eye & Face Protection [Face Protection, Eye Protection – Plano], Hearing Protection [Cap Mounted, Over the Head Type, Disposable], Protective Clothing [Flame Retardant Apparel, Chemical Defending Garment, High Visibility Clothing], Respiratory Protection [SCBA – Fire Service, SCBA – Industrial, APR – Disposable, Emergency Escape Devices], Protective Footwear, Fall Protection [Personal Systems, Engineered Systems], Hand Protection), By Application (Construction, Oil & Gas, Manufacturing, Chemicals, Pharmaceutical, Food, Transportation), COVID-19 Impact Analysis, Regional Outlook, Growth Potential, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2023 – 2032

  • Report ID: GMI373
  • Published Date: Nov 2022
  • Report Format: PDF

Industry Overview

Personal Protective Equipment Market size exceeded a valuation of USD 50 billion in 2022 and is poised to witness over 7.5% CAGR from 2023 to 2032. The presence of favorable regulatory norms pertaining to occupational health and safety will be a major factor bolstering the demand for personal protective equipment in the forthcoming years. Workers working in the industrial environment are exposed to several physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic, and psychological hazards.

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The surging incidences of occupational accidents have encouraged governments and regulatory authorities to introduce workplace safety norms focused on ensuring workers' safety. For instance, in April 2022, the UK Federal Government implemented the Personal Protective Equipment at Work (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PPER 2022), an extension of the 1992 regulations that have increased the PPE requirements among workers. The economic good sense and humanitarian desires among companies and organizations globally to create and maintain healthier and safer working conditions will create a favorable growth outlook for the personal protective equipment industry.

Price fluctuations may act as a restraining factor

The steady rise in prices of PPE raw materials owing to the supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic may emerge as a significant growth barrier in the foreseeable future. PPE demand has skyrocketed in recent years. Besides, there has been a considerable rise in concerns pertaining to maintaining subpar product quality. In light of these concerns, PPE manufacturers are focusing on developing high-quality products and introducing stringent quality control measures. The increasing complexity in the manufacturing process may hamper the industry revenue streams through 2032.

Integration of advanced technologies to boost the adoption of hand protection PPE

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Based on the product, personal protective equipment market from hand protection segment valuation crossed USD 10 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to observe an appreciable growth rate between 2023 and 2032. Ever since the pandemic has taken over, the use of hand protection PPE, such as gloves, has become commonplace. The increasing focus of leading PPE manufacturers to develop technologically advanced products with improved ergonomics, coupled with the stringent workplace safety norms and a massive emphasis on mitigating the viral transmission of COVID-19 infection is likely to augment the segment share by 2032.

Increasing incidences of workplace hazards to drive product demand in manufacturing applications

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The personal protective equipment market size from manufacturing applications is projected to garner revenues worth over USD 23 billion by 2032. Workers in factories and other manufacturing units are exposed to sharp fragments, splinters, and corrosive and toxic chemicals. Thus, the need to prevent workers from accidents and injuries across these dangerous work environments stands paramount. The improving economic outlook across developing and transitioning economies and the subsequent rise in demand for goods and services will propel the workforce requirements and foster PPE adoption in manufacturing applications.

Expanding automotive sector to create new growth opportunities for the industry across North America

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U.S. personal protective equipment market reached a valuation of more than USD 18 billion in 2022 and is predicted to amass over 7.5% market share by 2032, helping North America emerge as a significant revenue pocket over the forecast period. The regional growth is attributed to supportive government initiatives aimed at boosting PPE production in response to the pandemic and the presence of strict workers' safety regulations. The positive outlook of the automotive and infrastructure renovation sectors will be some of the promising aspects strengthening the regional landscape through 2032.

Technological innovations to stimulate the competitive outlook

Major companies in the personal protective equipment market are DuPont, 3M, Honeywell International, Ansell Ltd, MSA Company, COFRA SRL, and UVEX Safety Group GmbH, among others. These enterprises have been leveraging cutting-edge technologies to develop improved and state-of-the-art products to gain a competitive edge in the market. For instance, in August 2022, Mexico-based startup MEDU disclosed its plans to develop reusable, virus-resistant PPE products in order to facilitate the tremendous volume of hospital waste. The new product line will appeal to consumers valuing sustainable practices while offering products with high resistance to microbial pathogens.

COVID-19 impact assessment on the PPE market

The increasing severity of the crisis and the rising infection anxiety during the initial days of the pandemic dramatically pushed the demand for quality-assured PPEs, creating a ruckus across the industry. Besides, the availability of limited products and stringent lockdown measures took a huge toll on the supply chain operations. However, later global authorities such as UNICEF came forward and implemented necessary initiatives to ensure product access at affordable prices and mitigate the risk of stockouts in case of future crises.

Off late, the entry of several new participants into the industry and increasing government support and subsidies on PPEs will help the PPE  industry gain commendable traction in the years to come.

Personal protective equipment market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue in USD Million from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

By Product

  • Head Protection
    • Safety Helmets & Hard Hats
    • Bump Caps
  • Eye & Face Protection
    • Face Protection
    • Eye Protection-Plano
  • Hearing Protection
    • Cap mounted
    • Over the head type
    • Disposable
  • Protective Clothing
    • Flame retardant apparel
    • Chemical defending garment
    • High visibility clothing
  • Respiratory Protection
    • SCBA-Fire Service
    • SCBA-Industrial
    • APR-Disposable
    • Emergency Escape Devices
  • Protective Footwear
  • Fall Protection
    • Personal Systems
    • Engineered Systems
  • Hand Protection
  • Others

By Application

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & Gas
  • Chemicals
  • Food
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Transportation
  • Others

The above information is provided on a regional and country basis for the following:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Russia
    • Spain
    • Poland
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Australia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
  • Middle East & Africa
    • South Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE


Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Sarita Bayas

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Market size crossed USD 50 billion in 2022 and is slated to expand at over 7.5% growth rate between 2023 and 2032 owing to the implementation of favorable occupational safety norms across several economies.
The hand protection segment was worth over USD 10 billion in 2022 and is expected to amass a decent market share due to the availability of technologically advanced products with improved ergonomics in the market.
The PPE market from manufacturing applications is likely to drive revenues of over USD 23 billion by 2032, owing to the rising workers’ safety concerns and the massive growth in demand for goods and services.
Leading enterprises in the personal protective equipment market are DuPont, 3M, Honeywell International, Ansell Ltd, MSA Company, COFRA SRL, and UVEX Safety Group GmbH, among others.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 18
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  • Countries covered: 22
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