Although Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is not a direct threat for human life, it can be hazardous in the workplace by causing damage or destroying sensitive electronic components. Similarly, ESD can erase or alter magnetic media, or set off explosions or fires in flammable environments. Many ESD events occur without a visible spark – some devices may be damaged by discharges as small as 30V
How can you test ESD in your workplace?
There are a number of testing, measuring and grounding devices that can be used to test for ESD. Most of these are specialised handheld electrostatic instruments – surface resistivity meters can test floors and bench mats, while grounding test equipment is used for personnel and their garments and footwear.
What are the key ESD control elements that need to be in place?
Each organisation’s audit procedures are unique to their environment, but certain aspects will be part of every program. The major areas to be examined are:
- Work Area Compliance
- Employee Audit/ Personal Grounding
- Work Benches and Floor Covering
- Cleaning Materials and Packaging
An ESD coordinator or person responsible for the static control program should regularly test all ESD control products to ensure that they are functioning properly. Actum Group have an introductory ESD template that can be used to assess your organisation’s ESD program – click here to download
For a more comprehensive ESD audit, contact our specialised team firstname.lastname@example.org