Is static dissipative (SD) rubber flooring sufficient for a hospital setting?
We view anti static flooring options for hyperbaric chambers as requiring the same performance parameters used for control rooms, MRI suites, electronic labs, call centers and other spaces occupied by people wearing "street shoes."
The shoe is an important variable in the flooring selection process because many static protective solutions are not capable of mitigating static on people unless they wear special shoes; most static control floors actually generate static on people when they wear their standard rubber and plastic soled street shoes. (See recent MIT findings on the effectiveness of shoes in static mitigation.)
We offer several anti static flooring options: ESD vinyl, SD rubber, EC rubber and ESD carpet. The best solution for your application is EC rubber. EC rubber meets all the safety guidelines of NFPA 99 Standard for Healthcare facilities.
We always suggest conductive flooring over static dissipative flooring for the following reasons:
- We offer both static dissipative (SD) and conductive (ESD) flooring and they cost the same.
- The electrostatic properties of ESD EC Rubber last forever – the properties of SD Rubber do not
- ESD EC Rubber is available in sheet and tile – SD Rubber is only available as tile
- ESD EC Rubber sheet flooring can be installed odor-free over old (well bonded) tile using Staticfix Dry Adhesive – a non-invasive installation method.