Laboratory animals play a major part in medical research centers and laboratories. Animals can contract allergic reactions, which can have a negative impact on the health of workers and people handling the animals. During the cage changing process, workers come in direct contact with by products and wastes of animals, which can induce respiratory and other disorders in the workers. Thus, animal workstations are used to establish safe and laboratory practices to protect the laboratory environment from allergens caused by these animals. Animal workstation is a system, wherein non-turbulent and uniform air-flow prevents cross-contamination of allergens in the work area. Various filters are employed in the system to ensure that the down flow of air is free from contaminants and cleans the exhausting air.
Rise in concerns about the safety of health care workers, increase in incidence rate of animal-induced asthma, and introduction of dual access animal workstations are key factors that are expected to propel the animal workstations market during the forecast period. However, lack of awareness about technological advancements in laboratory safety equipment is anticipated to restrain the animal workstations market by 2026.
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The global animal workstations market is segmented based on equipment type, technology, end-user, and region. In terms of equipment type, the global animal workstations market is categorized into dual access workstation, bedding disposal workstation, and single-sided workstation. Dual access workstation accounted for a considerable share of the market in 2017, as it has 3 filters in the system which efficiently filter the contaminated air and the activated carbon in the filters removes odour. The segment is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period in terms of revenue.
Key players operating in the animal workstations market include Colcom Inc., LABREPCO, Hallowell Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation., ACOMA Medical Industry Co., Ltd, Smiths Medical, NuAire, Mortech Manufacturing Company Inc., Fisher Scientific International, Inc., Esco Micro Pte Ltd., Geneva Scientific, Midmark Corp, DRE Veterinary, and others.