The PPE market is very fragmented when it comes to serving many different environments. This is also true of the unique needs of women when it comes to needing a different fit than men.
There is a big focus on workers' health and safety issues. Issues have come about when focusing on what women have available in the workplace. The USA imports PPE from other areas of the world. This being said, China is the largest exporter.
There are new demands for PPE as different areas of the workforce and women's jobs continue to grow. Areas that are seeing the most growth include medical and health care, along with the food industry. Manufacturing has a larger demand for PPE due to new safety standards being mandated.
The market concerning women's PPE is showing a lot of potential for growth. Right now demand is much higher than supply. There is a very large increase in glove demand. This is the major contributor of revenue generation for the PPE industry.
Women wear PPE all the time that is not adequate for their build. If a woman wears goggles that are too big, it will leave gaps at the temples. This will allow for debris to enter the eyes. If a woman wears gloves that are too big, there is a risk of getting fingers caught up in machines. This could lead to cuts, breaks, and amputations. Many women complain that even work boots are too big. They end up tripping. This often happens when climbing stairs, ladders, or walking. If steel toe boots are too big, the steel box in the toe is of no protection.
One area that is finally being addressed is women’s footwear. This is the one piece of PPE that has proven to be least protective. Although there are many safety shoes and steel-toed boots for women, many of them are still choosing to wear shoes that are too loose.
Women are growing in number is all industries. This is something that is no secret. The need for PPE for women is widely recognized. The major problems that are being faced have to do with the demand far outweighing the supply.
It is important for men and women both to have the proper PPE to prevent accidents and increase safety in the workplace. There are men with smaller frames that have a hard time finding a proper fit when it comes to PPE.
Education is a big factor. Employers need to realize that the differences among men and women are enough that PPE can’t be the same for everyone. Employees need to be educated on the fact that they need to wear items that fit properly. If they do not have it in their place of employment, they need to speak up and get what is going to be the best for them when it comes to safety.
Wearing PPE is not enough. It can’t be too large or too small. This just creates more safety hazards.