FAQ: Are there any scientific studies about the performance of antistatic or conductive flooring for mission-critical environments or data centers?

In a mission-critical environment, random static discharge can cause lost or corrupted data, dropped calls, pc lockup, and blown headsets. Designers of 24/7/365 mission-critical spaces such as data centers, 911 call centers, command centers, server rooms, and flight-control towers routinely design their spaces to withstand external threats such as weather, power outages, earthquakes, and even biological threats.

Electrostatic discharge (ESD)—an invisible, sometimes overlooked threat—can wreak havoc inside any mission-critical space. Numerous studies have been done to determine the effectiveness of special static-control flooring on static-discharge mitigation. Consensus is that flooring is necessary and it must perform two independent static control functions:

  1. The floor must provide a verifiable path to ground.
  2. The floor must inhibit or prevent the generation of static on people wearing all types of footwear—regular street shoes as well as static-control footwear.
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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.