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How Will Soaring COVID Cases Trigger Demand for Safety Gloves?

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How Will Soaring COVID Cases Trigger Demand for Safety Gloves?

Industrial workplaces stand as a hotspot for umpteen industrial accidents globally, just in case if proper precautions, like wearing protecting headgears or gloves, are not being followed. In fact, as per the International Labor Organization, more than 1 million industrial accidents occur every year globally, a dreaded count that enunciates the need for effective safety gears like gloves, suits, and headgears. An upsurge in industrial accidents and demand for protective equipment has thus significantly driven the overall growth of the industrial safety gloves market over the years.

Speaking on similar lines, a report by Global Market Insights, Inc., predicts that the worldwide industrial safety gloves market size would exceed a mammoth of USD 8 billion by the end of 2025, subject to intrinsic demand from mining, oil and gas, automotive, and medical industries.

COVID-19 Outbreak: A Catalyzer for Increased Adoption of Safety Gloves in the Medical Industry

Although safety gloves have been gaining massive prominence across various industrial domains, it has currently been witnessing huge traction from the medical sector over the past few months owing to the outbreak of novel coronavirus, an infectious disease that has claimed millions of lives while paralyzing major businesses worldwide.

Safety gloves are currently extensively being used to restrict the cross-contamination of infected or toxic substances while simultaneously ensuring the protection of hands, on the grounds of the spread of COVID-19. In this case, it would be safe to declare that the rising number of coronavirus cases would in turn propel the demand for these gloves globally, offering a huge room for various market players to develop uniquely designed gloves and leverage the profusely thriving medical sector.

An Indian healthcare company- Careway- announced offering single-use disposable hand gloves with over 100 medium-sized gloves to the public, in wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic scenario.

With the mention of disposable gloves, it has been observed that disposable safety gloves have evolved to become an important segment across the industrial safety gloves market space, owing to their one time use, which helps to reduce the probability of being infected or coming into contact with an infected object or a person.

A profound reason adding to the above mentioned for the sudden demand spurt in safety gloves is the potential intervention by various central, and state governments, and other regulatory bodies. These bodies have constantly been raising various concerns regarding the spread of infection on a much larger scale. On top of that, these organizations have also been requesting the medical professional to make full use of this disposable safety equipment on the grounds of the fear of COVID-19, which is anticipated to deepen over time.

With COVID-19 cases increasing dramatically on a daily basis, the threat of the given disease is expected to still prevail in the distance, with no end in sight. This would irrefutably augment the demand for PPE, thereby stimulating the industrial safety gloves market outlook.

Will rising industrialization and automation processes stand as an ideal growth challenge for the industrial safety gloves market?

It is not an unknown fact that the adoption of automation across various industrial verticals is accelerating at a stellar pace, with robots briskly substituting manpower in the manufacturing sector. Myriad manufacturing companies have begun embracing automation attributing to its deliverance of improved operational efficiency with optimum accuracy.

However, the emergence of such advanced technologies has brought to a decline in the sales of protective equipment, which ones were the sole need for all industrial workers. Say for instance, recently announced the world’s first-ever Augmented Reality Management Platform for Industrial Enterprises, developed by Atheer Inc., would enable the hands-free mode of operation via AR devices, in turn readily eliminating the need for industrial safety gloves at manufacturing facilities.

Nevertheless, industrial safety gloves still stand to be the ideal equipment for numerous industrial workers who have been assigned to look after operations that involve potential health risks.

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Hand Protection Needs will Foster Electrical Safety PPE Market Outlook

With the introduction of stricter worker safety norms, electrical safety personal protective equipment awareness has been gaining importance. The use of PPE in electrical and substation applications across power generation, construction, automotive, food processing, and manufacturing sectors has increased significantly.

It is estimated that the global electrical safety PPE market size will be worth more than US$20 billion by 2025, with the presence of stringent regulatory standards set forth by the European Union and OSHA to ensure occupational safety along with timely inspection and assessments. The range of PPE products used for electrical safety includes head protection gear, eye & face protection gear, hand protection equipment, hearing protection gear, and protective footwear.

The electrical hand protection equipment industry size is likely to exceed US$7 billion by 2025. These products include insulation tuber gloves and leather protective sleeves which provide necessary protection to fingers, hands, wrists, and lower arms.

The demand for electrical safety PPE across transmission applications is expected to grow substantially in the upcoming years. With growing urbanization and industrial development in China and India, the rate of electrification has also increased. As a result, an increasing number of electrical workers on transmission lines for repair and maintenance will increase product demand.

The U.S. arc-rated clothing industry size is projected to be worth over US$1 billion by 2025. PPE used in electrical applications is usually flame resistant and protect linemen and workers from fire and flash accidents. Arc flashes are among the most fatal and common electrical hazards which have massive compensation costs and lead to huge economic losses.

In September 2020, manufacturers of flame-resistant and arc-rated PPE launched The Partnership for Electrical Safety, a joint effort to ensure optimum electrical safety to American workers working on electrical equipment from deadly hazards.

Thousands of American linemen working on or around energized electrical equipment are currently not equipped or provided with proper protection against hazards of electrical arc flash despite OSHA regulations that have been in place for over two decades. The Partnership for Electrical Safety aims to directly address this critical issue and improve the health and safety of unprotected electrical workforce across the country.

The electrical safety PPE market size in France is set to reach more than US$900 million by 2025. Over the past few years, the country has invested in a number of renewables deployment projects for power generation, resulting in growing windmill construction, repair, and maintenance activities. Supportive regulatory policies enforced by the European Commission including CE marking to ensure optimum product quality will positively impact the regional outlook.

India’s electrical safety PPE market size is estimated to witness a robust CAGR of more than 7.5% through 2025. An increasing number of residential, commercial, and industrial expansion projects have created promising employment opportunities in the construction sector. Additionally, growing investments by the public as well as the private sector in sustainable power generation and distribution projects, mainly across rural regions, will augment the regional PPE demand.

Oberon Company, Rock Fall Limited, Black Stallion Inc, Protective Industrial Products, NATIONAL SAFETY APPAREL, Boddingtons Electrical Ltd., Honeywell International, Inc., COFRA S.R.L., Paulson Manufacturing Corporation, MSA Company, Baymro Safety, and UVEX Safety Group are a few notable manufacturers of electrical safety PPE.


From Exports to Delivery: Simplifying PPE Shipping

From small businesses to large corporations, many are navigating the complex world of importing personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees, family members, and customers as businesses reopen across the globe.

Whether you have navigated these waters before or are new to importing PPE, COVID-19 has changed the game. In response to the changing environment, our team of experts at C.H. Robinson put together information on four key subjects that will help your PPE supply chain run smoother during a time when simplicity is what you need most.

Exporting PPE from China

Over the past several months, China has been the main source for PPE. So, it’s important you’re up to date on the latest regulations to avoid your freight being held up.

China has recently implemented three key policies that relate to PPE exporting.

-Policy 5 requires all medical supplies to meet quality standards of the importing countries, this policy also separated out the process for medical-grade and non-medical-use devices.

-Policy 53 increases CIQ inspection on all PPE products, labels, packaging, and documentation.

-Policy 12 created a white and blacklist of manufacturers and suppliers.

While China’s new policies offer tighter control on PPE being exported, they also have created a dedicated HS-code for PPE products to simplify export declarations.

For a closer look at how China’s regulations impact PPE shipping, check out our recent PPE exporting video featuring our director of product development, Vincent Wong.

U.S. and Canada customs best practices

The next key subject to address is importing PPE into the United States and/or Canada. It’s important you understand various government agency requirements and determine which ones apply depending on whether the PPE is for general or medical use. From there, other factors like labeling, packaging, and marketing of the product can influence these regulations as well.

Importing PPE into the United States

Depending on the PPE commodity you are importing, there can be multiple U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements to navigate. And due to the nature of the shipping industry, these regulations can change quickly—especially for medical grade equipment.

Importing PPE into Canada

While importing into Canada has some similarities—like changing regulations—there are some clear differences to be aware of as well. It’s important to note that while intended use, labeling, packaging, and advertising can be used to determine medical vs. general use in Canada, this is ultimately determined by the Canadian inspectors.

Whether you are importing PPE into the U.S. or Canada, make certain to watch our video on customs best practices with Ben Bidwell, director of North America customs and compliance, in order to better understand requirements, expectations and regulations for PPE.

Metered freight solutions

In this environment, we’re seeing companies turn to air freight to move their personal protective equipment quickly. However, when the demand for passenger travel plummeted in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, a dramatic reduction in cargo capacity followed. As you might imagine, this has drastically changed normal market conditions for air shipping.

While delivering all your PPE as fast as possible via air might seem like your only option, solutions like freight metering, which utilizes both air and ocean, can also meet your needs while providing cost-savings.

Ask yourself:

-How much of our PPE do we really need to fly?

-How much of that is safety stock?

-What’s the end user consumption rate?

-What’s the output rate at the factory?

Answers to these questions and cross-functional conversations that include purchasers, factory contacts, logistics providers, and end users can reveal that only a portion of your purchase order (PO) should fly and a balance of it should ship as ocean freight.

The key to metering your freight is to choose air freight for just enough of your order to match your end-users’ consumption rate. As ocean freight catches up, it can significantly reduce your freight spend.

Looking for more benefits of a metered air and ocean shipping solution for critical PPE orders? Watch our metered freight solutions video, featuring Bogen Chi, director of air freight.

FCL and LCL expedited ocean shipping

Lastly, we understand your need to continue moving your PPE cargo as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. Utilizing expedited less than container load (LCL) or full container load (FCL) shipping could be the differentiator you need. In fact, depending on your PPE’s delivery city, C.H. Robinson’s expedited LCL services can cut traditional LCL transit time by 4 to 14 days and keep your costs nearly 80% lower than air freight services.

Watch our expedited ocean shipping video with Ali Ashraf and Greg Scott to explore if this smart transportation solution is right for your supply chain.

In conclusion

Personal protective equipment has become an extremely important and in-demand commodity as we face COVID-19. So, whether you’re looking to import PPE for the first time or as part of your normal procurement process, C.H. Robinson’s experts can help you build a more resilient supply chain when shipping PPE around the globe. As the market continues to change, our global suite of service offerings and market expertise remains available to help your PPE supply chain. We’re here to help today so you can have a better PPE process tomorrow.