FAQ: What does ESD stand for in flooring?

The acronym ESD stands for electrostatic discharge. When a person or object moves across a regular (non-ESD) floor, static builds on their body. When they touch another person or object, the static charge jumps to the other person or object. This sudden transfer of electricity is called an electrostatic discharge. ESD flooring protects electronic equipment by preventing static from building on people or moving objects and dissipating static charges to ground.


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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.