If you’re a business owner, one of your main concerns is protecting your employees and customers. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is one of the largest industries in the world, and the demand for PPE is ever-growing. With the rapid increase in industrialization, businesses established many manufacturing protocols that required workers to wear PPE, even in non-medical fields. These industries require workers to wear protection at all times, even before the pandemic. This guide will show you which industries/businesses require PPE for workers, and how to protect your workers.
During the first month of the Covid-19 crisis, the demand for PPE surge more than ever. Covid originated in a city in Eastern China and spread all over the world, bringing the entire world to a standstill, causing border closures and economic failures. Patients overwhelmed many hospitals around the world, and the stockpiles were running out, with manufacturers failing to meet demand. The pressure on healthcare workers increased, and soon PPE became mandatory for all essential workers, including supermarket workers, police officers, and more. The following is a list of industries where PPE is mandatory:
- The Petroleum/Gas Industry
In the oil and gas sector, PPE was necessary even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. That’s because workers are exposed to thousands of potential hazards arising from exposure to lethal chemicals that cause serious illness, such as cancer. In this industry, protection is paramount. Even though drillers and chain hands historically used to belong under the banner of protection guidelines which are liable for protective equipment – oil contractors also had to be protected from all workplace dangers. The oil/gas industry is seeing massive changes in regard to the protective requirements.
- Real Estate/Construction Industry
The construction sector is one of the largest in the US, with billions of dollars invested in new developments each year. As the population grows, the demand for housing increases and the real estate sector is one of the most dangerous sectors that require protective equipment. The PPE industry has historically benefited a lot from the growing construction sector and worker’s protection norms that were laid down by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) still apply – all employers must grant their employees adequate protective equipment or face penalties.
- Biotech/Pharmaceutical Industry
One of the most dangerous and largest industries in the world, that contributes billions of dollars to the economy, is the pharmaceutical industry. Pharmaceutical workers involved in the production and manufacturing of drugs expose themselves to risks equal to that of healthcare workers, and they deal with dangerous chemicals, hazardous substances, and drugs. While the drugs are effective in the treatment of patients, the exposure to drugs in the manufacturing stage poses a major health risk to pharmaceutical workers.
- Manufacturing Industry
The manufacturing sector encompasses all factories that manufacture tangible products – from airplane parts to computer equipment. Protective equipment is mandatory in all manufacturing spheres, and workers must wear adequate protection. Many factories expose workers to dangerous substances and machines, and workers frequently must shift between different protective equipment to stay safe.
- Healthcare Industry
The healthcare industry has historically relied on PPE and faced shortages during pandemics, such as Covid-19. The global medical sector saw major disruptions during the pandemic, with shortages on protective masks, respirators, gloves, gowns, and other equipment. The demand for protective equipment has far surpassed the supply, and it is of essential importance for the safety of medical workers.