FAQ: Is electrostatic discharge harmful? Why is electrostatic discharge bad?

Electrostatic discharge can give you an annoying or, depending on the voltage, painful static shock. Unless you’re struck by lightning – a grand example of static discharge – ESD will not hurt you. What it can do is damage electronics you use or that people charged with your safety use to protect you. For instance, ESD in a flight tower can cause computers to lose track of planes; in a 9-1-1 call center ESD can cause lost calls or scrambled GPS signals. In fact, ESD can wreak havoc in any work environment where sophisticated electronics are manufactured, handled or used.


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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.