Static electricity is harmless enough in most day-to-day settings, but if the environment contains flammable chemicals, dust, or fine powder, the result can be heard with a resounding bang. Static electricity has been named as the culprit in several major industrial accidents, such as the explosion at Verla’s cosmetic factory in New York, which left one person dead and 125 injured. Can anti-static flooring make a difference to safety? Read on to find out.
1) No More Explosions!
Static electricity is created naturally wherever there is friction. Any setting requiring mixing pipes, blending, filling, conveyor systems, and spraying or coating is vulnerable to an electrostatic discharge. The fire risk is also predictable, with the physics behind conductivity being well understood. Owners of installations that are vulnerable need to take strategic steps to prevent the accumulation of static energy, such as creating surfaces that allow negative charges to safely dissipate. An anti-static floor covering can therefore play a major role in preventing explosions.
2) Choose Your Resistance
Also referred to as a floor’s impedance, the unit of measurement for resistance is the ohm (Ω). Anti-static flooring can range from 1 mega Ω to 100 mega Ω, with higher resistance levels reflecting lower conductivity. Some installations, such as garages, food preparation areas, and transport zones, demand very low impedance. Others, such as ambient storage areas, may require only rudimental anti-static properties. This flexibility enables bespoke solutions to be designed to enhance the installation and maximise the benefits.
3) A Little Quality Goes A Long Way
The theory behind anti-static flooring is relatively straightforward. Unfortunately, this means that there are lots of ‘easy’ options out there, many of which either do an inadequate job or require frequent repairs to ensure efficacy. Instead, it’s helpful to think about anti-static qualities as being one element of a spectrum of considerations when selecting a flooring system. Other key variables to think about include durability, lifespan, hygiene, and slip-resistance. The ideal solution is often a purpose made resin that combines the qualities that the environment demands.
4) A Helpful Long-Term Investment
Investing in workplace health and safety brings a range of benefits. Accidents, however minor, always tarnish an organisational image. They lead to downtime, reduce efficiency, and dent productivity. Furthermore, major problems such as a floor that causes repeated static shocks can be very expensive to fix. As such, cutting corners at the design phase can lead to nasty headaches further down the road, whilst those who find the correct solution on the first try can experience solid and predictable ROI.
At Central Flooring, we take safety seriously. Anti-static floors require knowledge and experience to design and install, but the outcome is exemplary, trustworthy, and comprehensive. To learn more about anti-static flooring, please get in touch with one of our resin flooring specialists today.