ESD flooring is required to protect most types of electronics parts, which are ultra-sensitive to static electricity.
FAQ: What are ESD guidelines?
ESD guidelines, or standards, vary across industries. Why is this? Because different applications require different specifications for static control. Electronics manufacturing and assembly (SMT) follow standard ANSI/ESD S20.20. S20.20 requires every person in an electronics manufacturing or assembly facility to wear special ESD-protective footwear. The resistor inside ESD footwear protects the wearing, allowing the floor to measure within a much wider resistance range – any measurement under 1.0 x 10E9 is acceptable – without concern for personnel safety.
In industries such as telecommunications, where people do not wear ESD footwear, static must dissipate at a more measured pace; guidelines for these industries specify floors with higher electrical resistance. Telecom facilities follow Motorola R52 and ATIS 0600321.2015. U.S. flight control towers and facilities using FAA equipment follow FAA 019f. And government facilities follow S20.20 or their own government standards.
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