Specifying Static-free Floors: ESD sensitivity and risks for personal safety and electronic equipment

Static electricity discharge (ESD) creates problems for manufacturers and users of electronic equipment. One way to combat ESD is to install static free flooring in environments like data centers and mission critical areas where static discharges can not be tolerated under any circumstances. Unfortunately as much as 50% of static control flooring is specified incorrectly leaving specifiers open to liability and possible safety concerns. Since static control flooring terminology can be confusing, this article provides defintions and explanations of terms like static dissipative, conductive, ohms rating and anti static flooring. The article also covers the most important aspects of writing a specification for static control flooring. A solid specification utilizes industry appropriate standards. We carefully explain the difference between standards and specifications for end user environments like computer rooms versus controlled manufacturing environments.

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