FAQ: Are dissipative floors also ESD?

Dissipative or static dissipative is a term used to describe the electrical resistance of a flooring material. To qualify as an ESD floor, resistance must measure below 1.0 x 10E9 ohms. A static-dissipative floor measures between 1.0 x 10E6 and 1.0 x 10E9. However, a dissipative – or conductive – floor can measure in the correct resistance range and still generate static. In end-user spaces where people do not wear special ESD-protective footwear, a floor that does not prevent static from building on people cannot protect electronics from damage due to electrostatic discharge.


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What is ESD flooring?

ESD floors dissipate static safely, protecting electronics from accidental damage due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) events.

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What does ESD mean?

ESD stands for electrostatic discharge. Minute ESD events, too small for humans to perceive, can damage electronic components.

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How can you prevent ESD?

Preventing ESD requires a well-thought-out ESD prevention program. What is required will be dependent on the application and environment.

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Is wood antistatic?

No, wood is not antistatic. You can learn which materials are antistatic and which are not by looking at our Triboelectric chart.

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What are ESD guidelines?

Because different applications require different specifications for static control, ESD guidelines, or standards, vary across industries.

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StaticWorx high-performance static-control floors protect electronic components, explosives, and high-speed computers from damage caused by static electricity. ESD flooring is part of a system. Choices should always be based on objective, researched evidence. When you partner with us, we look at all possible items that may need to integrate with the floor, and, focusing on your goals and objectives, help you find the right floor for your application.