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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Outlook for the North American and Western European Labs and Research Facilities

  • August 2014
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 84 pages

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The objective of this market insight is to explore the opportunities for PPE in labs and research facilities across North America and Western Europe. This study carries out an assessment of the current and future safety trends across academic, industrial, medical and diagnostic, and law enforcement forensics labs. It also provides a brief overview and outlook of the various occupational hazards, PPE segments, and safety regulations specific to labs and research facilities. The base year for this research service is 2013.

Key Findings
-Trends indicate a growing emphasis on lab safety in schools and universities and increasing compliance to PPE by students. This can be explained by a steady increase in the financial liability costs associated with lab-related accidents.
-Employment trends indicate a strong growth in the overall number of researchers and technicians engaged in scientific research and development (R&D) working in medical and diagnostic labs. This can be explained by an increase in budgetary allocations by governments of North America and Western Europe for encouraging innovation in the scientific R&D and healthcare sectors.
-Limited product differentiation, specifically for disposable gloves, face masks, particulate respirators, and protective clothing has lead to a commoditized market. A rise in import of these products from Asian countries results in a downward price pressure for this market.
-Distributors have a strong position in the supply chain, and nearly all PPE for labs and research facilities are sold through specialty distributors. Besides PPE, these distributors also supply scientific lab equipment and other consumables such as first aid kits, signs and warning devices, emergency eyewash and showers, as well as hazardous material containment and cleanup supplies.

Introduction
-This market insight looks at the opportunities for PPE in labs and research facilities across North America and Western Europe.
-Work in labs and research facilities exposes researchers, students, and technicians to a number of physical, chemical, and biological hazards, as well as to musculoskeletal stresses. This makes PPE an integral part of lab safety, which is employed as the last line of defense after implementation of proper administrative and engineering controls. PPE is also required to meet lab hygiene standards, prevent contamination, and ensure quality of the research.
-Adequate training for researchers in the selection, usage, and maintenance remains the key to ensure the success of a PPE program. Most labs and research facilities in North America and Western Europe are characterized by high awareness levels and compliance rates for PPE, besides showing a preference for premium quality products.
-On a relative scale, academic labs in schools and universities experience proportionally higher incidents of work-related injuries and illnesses in comparison to other labs and research facilities. This is primarily due to a lack in adequate training for students regarding selection and use of PPE for specific hazards.

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