Path to Ground

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The electrical link between a conductive material and the earth. Electrical conduit is an example of path to ground; the neutral or “green wire” is attached to the conduit and discharges electricity safely to the earth through the metal housing and the pipes, encapsulating the “hot wires.” A carpet must contain conductive fibers with external conductivity in order to be attached to a path to ground. Conductive carpet finds a path to ground from the combination of 1) conductive fibers; 2) conductive backing; 3) conductive adhesive; 4) copper grounding strip attached to conduit or building steel. A breach or omission in any of these four mechanisms will result in an open circuit and no path to ground.

An electrostatic discharge protective device designed to ground any electrostatic charge accumulated on a person.

The resistance in ohms measured between two electrodes placed on any surface.