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U.S. Safety Gloves Market Size By Product (Mechanical [Multi-Purpose, Cut Protection, Oil Repellent, Specialized, Back Hand Impact Protection], Chemical & Liquid Protection [Chemical Solutions, Single Use/Disposable], Thermal [Arc Flash], Special Protection), By Material (Nitrile Gloves, Natural Rubber Gloves, Vinyl Gloves, Neoprene Gloves, Polyethylene Gloves), By Application (Commercial Construction, Transportation [Air, Road, Railways], Manufacturing [Automotive, Food & Beverage, Pulp/Paper], Healthcare & Medical, Oil & Gas [Downstream Chemicals, Upstream Chemicals], Mining), Industry Analysis Report, Growth Potential, Price Trend, Competitive Market Share & Forecast, 2020 – 2026

  • Report ID: GMI4845
  • Published Date: Oct 2020
  • Report Format: PDF

U.S. Safety Gloves Market Size

U.S. Safety Gloves market size exceeded USD 6.5 Billion, globally in 2019 and is estimated to grow at over 5.5% CAGR between 2020 and 2026. Increasing awareness among workers regarding hand injuries coupled with steady growth in the manufacturing sector and favorable regulations towards workers safety coupled with increasing spending on healthcare will spur product demand.

Stringent regulations pertaining to labor safety along with modifications in safety standards such as ANSI is propelling the U.S. safety gloves market share. In 2016, the ANSI standards for glove testing were updated, adding new cut-level classifications from A1 to A9. The key end-use industries for safety gloves include healthcare, construction, mining, manufacturing, oil & energy, and transportation. Surge in oil & gas production has resulted in increased employment in the sector.

U.S. Safety Gloves market Outlook

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Necessity to minimize the number of accidents in workplaces has led to increased adoption of personal protective equipment (PPE). Safety gloves account for a large share in the U.S. PPE market. Upgraded monitoring to enhance workplace protection and reduce any incidences across industrial sector is anticipated to generate new growth opportunities for the U.S. safety gloves market manufacturers. Accidents result in huge losses for the families, and to companies in the form of reimbursements to families, legal issues, and damage to the existing infrastructure.

Improved PPE testing standards supported by favorable government policies have propelled the requirement of safety gloves. Safety gloves protect from chemical burn, heavy metal objects, metal cuts, and high-temperature. Also, gloves offer protection against hazards such as microbial contamination, radiation, and electric shocks associated with the industrial environment. Moreover, technological advancements in the industry along with innovations of new materials offering improved hand protection are augmenting the U.S. safety gloves market landscape.

The OSHA has enlisted a set of standards that are required to be observed by the industries. They also provide information on worker's protection at workplaces, thereby enhancing the execution of rules and augmenting the adoption of safety gloves. Majority of key market players are constantly accentuating the adherence to green production processes & technologies. Recent trend of utilization of green and recyclable raw materials for manufacturing safety gloves will instigate the U.S. safety gloves market growth.

U.S. Safety Gloves Market Analysis

U.S. Safety Gloves market by Mechanical safety gloves

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Mechanical safety gloves contributed nearly major revenue share in 2019. Mechanical gloves provide excellent protection from cuts, backhand impact protection along with offering oil resistance. Cut-protection gloves account for over 40% share of the U.S. mechanical safety gloves market. Whereas, back-hand impact protection mechanical gloves are anticipated to be the fastest growing sub-category, anticipated at nearly 11.5% CAGR from 2020 to 2026.

Upgradation in ANSI standards pertaining to impact & cut-protection along with wide application outlook across sectors such as mining, oil & gas, commercial construction, automotive, and transportation are escalating the U.S. safety gloves market segment share. The oil & gas industry has a strong requirement for mechanical gloves in the upstream as well as the downstream industry.

Chemical & liquid protection products are anticipated to grow at a substantial pace between 2020 to 2026. Single use chemical & liquid protection gloves hold over 70% the segment revenue share owing to large demand from the U.S. medical & healthcare and the food & beverage sector. These gloves offer hand protection from varied chemicals, and microorganisms while handling diverse applications.

Key properties such as water resistance, reduced allergies, and improved grip are also projected to drive the segment growth. Workers especially from the oil & gas, petrochemical, and chemical industries are exposed to hazardous chemicals and liquids for daily operations boosting the U.S. safety gloves market demand. Along with the high risk of chemical burns, a strong grip on wet conditions is instigating the demand for chemical protection safety gloves products.

U.S. Safety Gloves market from Nitrile Gloves

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Nitrile gloves are expected to witness the highest revenue growth at over 6% CAGR through 2026. They offer exceptional tactile sensitivity, chemical resistance, puncture resistance, comfort, and dexterity when compared to vinyl and rubber gloves. They are majorly used in manufacturing, chemical, and automotive industries. They possess superior flexibility owing to the use of elastic materials in the product.

Nitrile gloves are easier to remove due to innate resistance to friction, can be worn beneath a pair of gloves to create waterproof hand wear, and provides enhanced comfort as it reacts with body temperature to conform to the shape of the hand.

Natural rubber gloves hold the highest market share at over 45% in terms of volume. Latex naturally offers resistance against most acids, bases, formaldehyde, iodine, and chlorine. Industrial grade natural rubber gloves are widely used in food processing, manufacturing, and automotive applications. They provide high durability, comfort and dexterity.

Good resistance to alcohols, ketones, and organic acid is among the key factors propelling market growth. Cost-effectiveness and environmentally friendly nature is likely to boost the U.S. safety gloves market expansion.

U.S. Safety Gloves market by Healthcare

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The healthcare segment contributes over 65% share to the U.S. safety gloves market revenue in 2019. Healthcare workers face various hazards on the job, including harmful exposures to hazardous drugs, chemicals sharps injuries, latex allergy, and back injuries. In order to mitigate such risks for gaining superior protection for workers, the major types of products used in this industry include chemical & liquid protection.

The types of materials used to produce these types of gloves include nitrile, natural rubber, vinyl, neoprene, and polyethylene. Rising prevalence of COVID 19 in the country has forced industry players to take stringent measures to contain the virus outbreak by providing superior protective equipment to their employees which in turn helps to run their business in full swing. The WHO has predicted a rise in demand for healthcare gloves by 40% in 2020.

Rising oil and gas exploration activities in the country owing to surging innovations in drilling operations including horizontal drilling which makes it easy to extract shale oil & gas should boost upstream chemicals demand. The upstream sector in oil & gas safety gloves is projected to be the fastest growing sub-segment at nearly 16% CAGR from 2020 to 2026. Increasing government focus towards energy import independence and to upsurge the number of oil exports to become the world’s largest oil producers should further boost upstream chemicals demand.

U.S. Safety Gloves Market Share

U.S. safety gloves industry is fragmented with key players including:

  • MCR Safety
  • Ansell
  • Ejendals Ab
  • Hartalega Holdings Berhad
  • Honeywell
  • Riverstone
  • Showa Glove Co
  • Supermax
  • Top Glove

Companies are engaged in product launches, joint ventures, partnerships, and innovations to expand their product portfolio and cater to the rising product demand in industrial, commercial, and utility sectors. For instance, in June 2018, Hartalega Holdings Bhd. launched the world’s first non-leaching antimicrobial glove in the UK. This strategy was aimed to increase the company’s foothold in the European safety gloves market.

In 2018, MCR Safety rolled out its new TPR design-based gloves. The TPR design specially caters to the consumer demand for back-of-the-hand safety in this new product.

The U.S. safety gloves market report includes in-depth coverage of the industry trends, with estimates & forecast in terms of volume (Million Units) and revenue (USD Million) from 2015 to 2026, for the following segments:

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By Product

  • Mechanical
    • Multi-purpose
    • Cut protection
    • Oil repellent
    • Specialized
    • Back hand impact protection
  • Chemical & liquid protection
    • Chemical solutions
    • Single use / disposable
  • Thermal
    • Arc flash gloves
    • Others
  • Special protection

By Material

  • Nitrile Gloves
  • Natural Rubber Gloves
  • Vinyl Gloves
  • Neoprene Gloves
  • Polyethylene Gloves
  • Others

By Application

  • Commercial Construction
  • Transportation
    • Air
    • Road
    • Railways
    • Others
  • Manufacturing
    • Automotive
    • Food & beverage
    • Pulp & paper
    •  Others
  • Healthcare & medical
  • Oil & gas
    • Downstream chemicals
    • Upstream chemicals
  • Mining
  • Others (Chemicals, Electrical)
Authors: Kunal Ahuja, Tushar Malkani

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

In 2019, the U.S. Safety Gloves market size crossed USD 6.5 billion, and it may register 5.5% CAGR over 2020 and 2026, due to stringent regulations governing the industry.

Mechanical gloves accounted for a major industry share of the business in 2019. They will continue to gain momentum due to string product deployment across the O&G, transportation, and mining sectors.

Nitrile safety gloves are expected to register the highest growth in the U.S., through 2026. This can be credited to their excellent chemical resistance, comfort, puncture resistance, and exceptional tactile sensitivity.

Natural rubber gloves are expected to account for the largest stake in U.S. safety gloves market share by 2026, driven by the fact that they deliver excellent dexterity, comfort, high durability, and have good resistance to alcohols.

U.S. Safety Gloves Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2019
  • Companies covered: 20
  • Tables & Figures: 202
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  • Pages: 330
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