Today’s changing industries are putting higher demands on manufacturers to produce high quality industrial supplies and apparel. Being fueled by government and industry regulations, standards are increasing for safe work practices and performance industrial supplies along with personal protective equipment (PPE) and apparel. As industries continue to grow and expand their scope of work, comprehensive solutions are required to meet business needs. In addition, science and industry continue to develop new type of industrial apparel to provide protection against newly recognized hazards.Let us take a look at how these changing factors have spurred higher demand for quality apparel, tools, equipment, and supplies.The Regulatory WorldRegulations are constantly being created, revised, and implemented. Hazards are classified and ranked and then have mandates about the best method to mitigate and prevent them. Industrial supplies play a big part in maintaining federal, state, and industry compliance with best practices. Personal protective equipment is the cornerstone of safe jobsites after engineering solutions and work practices.One example of new federal regulations coming into effect in the near future will cover road crews working on federal highways. Workers will be required to wear high visibility clothing and products to protect them from motorists and other construction hazards. As new chemicals and other products are examined by federal agencies, new safety measures are required to protect workers from exposure.Hazard IdentificationThe basis for drafting regulations comes from an industry-wide survey of hazard identification. Obviously, problems have to be investigated before new rules or products can be created. However, with the growth of industry hygienists and safety commissions, and in light of recent disasters such as major refinery accidents, identifying potential hazards on the job has seen increased focus and attention from within the industry as well as by external groups. Classes of potential harm have been expanded and applied to more industries as well. Today, blood-borne pathogens and infectious diseases are present in every work environment, not just hospitals. Clothing, PPE, and supplies designed to prevent the spread of disease and pathogens have been one area of higher demand.As new products and processes are invented and implemented, new regulatory bodies come into existence. Old chemicals that were once thought to be benign now need to be protected against. The Right to Know Program and resulting material safety data sheets have created additional demand for high quality apparel and equipment to mitigate dangers.Offering Versatile Protection With Industrial ApparelIndustry operates in a wide array of conditions and environments, all requiring their own unique set of solutions. Whether it is highly dangerous environments that might have radiation or nuclear waste, all the way to common dangers such as extreme temperature, fire hazards, chemical exposure, and electrical arc, industrial supplies have to be up to the task at hand.Fires will continue to be a major source of injuries and accidents. Industrial supplies are created with safeguards to prevent fires, but workers should also be wearing flame-resistant industrial apparel in any jobsite that has the potential for flash fires or electrical fires. Flame-resistant clothing is designed to flake away when exposed to high temperatures, rather than melt to the skin like polyester or continue to burn like cotton.Insulation and protective barriers are essential in many industries. Waterproof clothing, splash suits, and other chemically resistant industrial apparel are used in wet working conditions and in every chemical industry. Insulation is also vital for outdoor jobsites. Work with energized equipment, meaning welder’s gloves or leather-work gloves should be standard issue on every jobsite.Growth In IndustryEven in the face of a recession, industry is still growing; stimulus programs and cheap credit have spurred more construction jobs. Basic laws of supply and demand dictate that industrial supplies will rise in demand as new jobs are created. Construction, public safety, and public utilities are all expanding and generating demand for high performance supplies and protective industrial apparel. New jobs created with federal money also come with the stipulation that contractors adhere to government regulations on safety, further generating demand for products.In the long term, demand is being created by a growth in industry, new regulations and compliance laws, the identification of new hazards and chemical agents, and a general increase in awareness in how high performance products, supplies, and personal protective equipment are necessary for safe jobsites and overall worker safety.