ESD Dissipative Floor Mats
Static Dissipative Floor Mats are designed to protect sensitive equipment, such as computers and explosive chemicals, by quickly drawing the static electricity off workers before they touch such items.
When walking and moving, people “tribocharge”, building up static charges on their bodies. Even the slightest touch can pass electricity onto sensitive equipment, which can destroy processors or cause flammable chemicals to ignite. The body’s static charge can safely be drained to ground by wearing conductive shoes when walking on a dissipative ﬂoor mat; this includes vinyl, rubber, mats and carpets.
In order to prevent such problems, Static Dissipative mats should be utilised. All conductive matting and dissipative matting needs to be grounded to function properly. A bench mat needs to be used in conjunction with grounding devices to provide a continuous path to ground and remove static build-up before it discharges. The following devices are all excellent grounding methods: wristbands, grounding cords, and shoe grounders (with the option of heel grounders or removable, conductive insoles and outsoles).
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