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Static Control Flooring: Matching Products and Environments Through Evidence-Based Design

Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is a well-documented, invisible threat to electronic parts, systems, and mission-critical operations. And the problem is intensifying as electronic devices are getting smaller, reducing the room for on-chip protection and increasing the vulnerability to ESD. Today, more environments are at risk if they don't have anti-static, "fault-tolerant" flooring that performs regardless of variables such as footwear, maintenance, and humidity. While specifying any floor presents technical challenges and potential exposure to the specifier, this is especially true in environments where static control is necessary. But proper specification, product selection, and installation can be confusing without the necessary technical tools. Unfortunately, if flooring specs don't address unique environmental conditions or meet the latest standards, you risk damage to equipment, product returns, facility downtime, communication errors, and liability. Fortunately, you can eliminate the usual guesswork and match the right product to the right environment by applying evidence-based design principles.

It starts with assessing your specific conditions and understanding the impact of footwear on the performance of all static-control floors. It starts with determining how flooring and footwear must work together. The information found here can help you find tailor-made solutions that best meet your flooring needs.

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ESD Flooring for Dummies

Static Dissipative or Static Conductive?

It depends on your application and the specific standard you should be referencing....They are not all the same. You must use "conductive flooring" when handling explosives. You should never use conductive flooring in an FAA flight tower or 911 call center.

  • ANSI/ESD S20/20
  • NFPA 99
  • Motorola R56
  • ATIS 0600321
  • FAA STD 019e
  • DOD 4145

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