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With a rise in the number of women in construction and other industrial fields, the need for safety equipment geared towards them is on the rise. Products that are ergonomically suitable for women are gaining in popularity.

The global personal protective equipment (PPE) market for women will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 8.2 percent during the period 2017-2021.

The rise in women workforce is one of the major factors for this market. The world is witnessing a surge in women workforce in the recent years. Across various industries such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and mining, the number of women employees is seeing an upward trend.

The latest trend gaining momentum in the market is wearable technology. Wearable technology has been experiencing high adoption in the consumer segment, and is gaining momentum in the industrial segment as well. Implementing wearable technology in the industrial environment is a new concept that will ensure and enhance employee safety.

Wearable technology is a subset of Internet of Things, which is used to collect data and provide information in a faster and more convenient way. A wearable user interface provides vital information through electronics that are designed to be worn on the human body as implants or accessories.

One of the major factors hindering the growth of this market is cost and functionality trade off. Many workplaces require the simultaneous use of various types of PPE due to the presence of multiple hazards. Using PPE in combination is a concern to employers as the use of one PPE may render another ineffective. Safety goggles cannot be used with a respiratory mask or ear muffs, as it often reduces the protection of the wearer. The challenge is to make different PPE compatible for combination use based on the work environment. As the amount of women working in this sector grows, so will the need for PPE tailored to them.

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