Friction between the floor and the soles of people’s shoes generates a static charge on some types of flooring. People who walk on these floors carry this static charge on their bodies, then – when they touch something – it discharges or jumps to that object or person. Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the scientific term for this release of energy. In the workplace, just walking around or using equipment can result in ESD, with potentially harmful consequences.
The Dangers Of ESD
Many electronic components contain micro-electronic parts, which are sensitive to electrical current changes. These components might be built or assembled in manufacturing plants for use in headsets, handheld devices and circuit boards. The computers used in hospitals, laboratories, server rooms, emergency medical dispatch operations – and even casinos and theatres – often contain these components too. Due to the components’ sensitivity, a small static discharge of just twenty volts is enough to damage them. Humans are unable to detect when this happens.
Although many ESD incidents are barely noticeable and harmless, they can be a costly problem to resolve in some situations. When they occur in computers, vital data can be leaked, lost or deleted. If they occur close to flammable chemicals, they can – in some cases – produce enough energy to cause a fire. When manufacturing plants use solvents or mix fine powders, the sparks from ESDs can lead to explosions.
The Benefits Of Installing An Anti-Static Floor
Anti-static floors protect electronics from the static energy generated by people walking around. These floors contain conductive elements like graphite, metal coated particles or carbon, which produce an electrical path to ground. Concrete floors are used in many manufacturing environments, and these contain water that dissipates electrostatic charges. Notwithstanding, some factories have concrete floors that need treating with polyurethane or epoxy resin, to keep the surfaces resistant to specific activities, negating the natural anti-static qualities of the concrete.
Our anti-static resin floor systems provide a stable, tough surface for long lasting protection against static electricity. With a low viscosity curve, our resin formula has excellent penetration properties and is suitable for overlaying cement, sand and concrete floors alike. Copper grounding strips provide extra electrical grounding.
Assessing Your Options
For modern businesses, there are styles of static control flooring available to satisfy all budgets and requirements. Materials for flooring should be chosen using several factors, such as best practices, the electrical code and industry standards. Also, the nature of the workplace environment is a key consideration, along with the buyer’s specific goals.
At Central Flooring, we work with industry-leading providers to supply anti-static resin floors to a wide variety of customers. To discover how your business can benefit from anti-static flooring, contact us today on 0116 478 6291.