North America Industrial Safety Footwear Market size exceeded USD 3.5 billion in 2019 and is anticipated to register a growth rate of 6% between 2020 and 2026.
Safety footwears are shoes that are designed and manufactured for protecting employees from injuries at workplace. Safety footwears have a hard toe which may be manufactured from aluminum alloy, composite material, and carbon fiber. Industrial safety footwears have leather uppers and are oil and water resistant. Protective footwears help in preventing employees from slipping, preventing penetrations of objects, and protecting them from causing mishaps due to falling objects.
In United States, ASTM International standards, F2412-18a and F2413-18, are followed for protective footwear worn by employees. These standards ensure that required performance requirements of footwear are met. The importance of safety wear products has increased, pertaining to strict health and safety related standards.
Leather shoes are light weight and durable. These also have longer life than safety shoes made from synthetic materials. Further, safety shoes and boots made from high quality leather are used in demanding work environments. Leather is majorly used for producing these products as it is light weight, durable, and can be shaped with ease. Moreover, leather shoes also offer protection from hot liquid and falling objects.
As leather is a non-conductive material and offers high resistance to fire, it is also used in industries such as electrical and electronics, power, and energy for protecting workers from shocks and fires. Owing to these advantages of leather material, leather has been used by many manufacturers for producing safety shoes.
There has also been an increase in the number of employees in the oil and gas industry in United States. The number of people employed in oil and gas was around 145 thousand in 2019, which was an increase from approximately 127 thousand in 2017 and nearly 106 thousand in 2016. Further, employment has also increased in oil and gas industry in Canada, an increase from 190 thousand employees in 2016 to nearly 200 employees in 2019. This rise in the number of employees in oil and gas extraction industry in North America has propelled the market.
One of the key factors that has stimulated the North America industrial safety footwear market is presence of strict workplace standards and regulations. Owing to such standards, companies have emphasized on workplace safety. There has been a steady rise in the number of employees in industries like manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemicals, and automotive in North America. Further, increasing manufacturing output due to rising demand for chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, and automobiles is likely to boost the production levels of manufacturing industry. This trend should augment the market growth.
Major players in the North American market include Bet Marine, 3M, Honeywell International, Inc., V.F. Corporation, Ansell, W. L. Gore & Associates, Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., Caterpillar Inc., Rock Fall Ltd., Tatra Footwear Products, Mellow Walk, and Bata Industrials.