Safety Equipment Going Mobile

Keeping workers safe on the jobsite often depends on proper use of PPE, or personal protective equipment. New developments in the industry are making it easier to get workers to comply with PPE requirements.

The latest trend is the use of a mobile app for PPE management. Mobile apps can make it easier to manage worker compliance and monitor safety at the job site. Construction sites with hundreds of workers can be a challenge when it comes to proper PPE usage. By using a mobile app, this risk can be avoided.

Employers can also use the app to calculate the number of PPE items they need and choose specific PPE according to work hazards present. Many key vendors are offering such mobile applications, which will have a positive influence on the growth of the PPE market in the construction industry.

Another primary driver in the market is the demand for fall protection, including safety harnesses, lanyards, belts and connectors, self-retracting lifelines, and guardrail systems. Demand for fall protection is due to increasing construction activity in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa regions. Asian countries are expected to increase their infrastructure expenditure by more than 6 percent during 2016 to 2020. Also, construction in the Middle East and Africa is expected to grow by more than 7 percent annually during the period of 2016-2020.

One major challenge in the PPE market is the low level of PPE usage by women. Women in the construction industry often come across size and balance issues with PPE. Innovations in PPE have been predominantly aimed at enhancing the comfort of male wearers and hence, PPE do not adequately fit women.

Vendors are offering a unisex form of PPE, which also does not satisfy the requirementS of women users. Women at work sites would like to wear personal protective equipment that not only fits them properly, but also has aesthetic appeal. These advancements will not only drive the market, but will continue to keep workers safe.

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