Taking The Mystery Out Of Selecting ESD Flooring

Often, the most challenging and anxiety-inducing decisions buyers encounter in the course of creating a world-class electrostatic discharge (ESD) program involve the selection of the ESD floor. Unlike other components in the program, the installation of static control flooring represents a permanent capital investment, with costs of 1 1/2 to 2 times those of a standard non-ESD floor. Because the static control floor affects every aspect of the organization—from performance to image—in most cases, finding the right floor involves a marriage of competing interests, including cost, durability, ergonomics, compliance with safety standards, appearance, company image, maintenance, total cost of ownership and, of course, ESD properties.