Video: GroundSafe™: Testing ESD Flooring Before & After Installation
August 31, 2021
How do you know that the anti-static (ESD) floor you specified is the floor that was installed? StaticWorx offers a GroundSafe™ certification program that involves testing the floor for resistance (ohms) before and after installation, then certifying compliance. We help facilitate the process by loaning an ohm meter to the installer or end user. Once you’ve received the meter, we’ll walk you through the testing process. Using an ohm meter is easy, requiring you to simply place the probes, then photograph the results and send them to us. We’ll certify the floor so that all stakeholders – the architect, end user and installer – all know that the floor they specified and installed meets their electrical (ESD) specifications.
Learn more about the StaticWorx GroundSafe™ Loaner Program here.
Hi, I’m Kimberly Petraccaro, and I’m with StaticWorx.
We get a lot of calls from architects and designers who may not be that familiar with anti-static flooring. And one of their main concerns is, “How do I know that what I had in my specification is what actually gets installed?” That is a great question.
StaticWorx has a GroundSafe™ certification program. We suggest that architects and designers include this testing requirement in their specifications. This GroundSafe™ certification program involves testing the floor with a resistance meter before and after installation. StaticWorx helps facilitate this entire process. We usually will loan our resistance ohmmeter to the contractor or to the end user if they want to do it, and we will walk them through testing the floor.
Don’t know how to use an ohmmeter? No problem. All they need to know how to do is take one of these probes, place it onto the flooring they’re installing. In this case, this is antistatic carpet. They need to be able to take the other probe and put it on testing to ground. So you’re testing material to ground: be able to press a button. Snap pictures of the test results. Send those photos to StaticWorx. And from there, StaticWorx analyzes those results. And in turn produces a certificate of compliance stating that the floor meets ANSI/ESD S20.20. Now the architect knows that the correct material got installed according to their specifications. The installer knows that they purchased and installed the right material. And the end user knows that the material that got installed in their space is meeting the requirement that they were trying to meet.
For more information on this program, you can visit our website at www.staticworx.com or give us a call at 617-923-2000. Thank you.
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