What is ESD Footwear?

 

ESD Footwear

ESD Footwear Prevents The Build Up Of Static

Working Person’s Store knows how important it is to carry safety footwear to keep you free from Electrostatic injuries. In ordinary circumstances, static electricity and ESD are little more than an annoyance. However, in an increasingly technological age, the familiar static shock we receive when walking across a carpet can be costly or dangerous. That is why protective footwear is a a necessity. This same static discharge can ignite flammable mixtures and damage electronic components. Static electricity can attract contaminants in clean environments or cause products to stick together. Static electricity is defined as an electrical charge caused by an imbalance of electrons on the surface of a material.

This imbalance of electrons produces an electric field that can be measured and that can influence other objects at a distance. Electrostatic discharge is defined as the transfer of charge between bodies at different electrical potential. Static dissipative footwear is designed to reduce the accumulation of excess static electricity by conducting body charge to ground, while maintaining a high enough level of electrical resistance. Static dissipative footwear is defined by ANSI Z41-1999 as any footwear when tested while being worn by a person and having a resistance from the person’s hand to a ground plane of one MegOhm to 1000 MegOhms.

3 Responses to “What is ESD Footwear?”

  1. Bruno January 27, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Yes it is very quiet when the item is about Static Electricity or electrostatic discharge. Even though many of the quality managers have done university studies, their knowledge is quite limited when it comes to static electricity.

    Therefore it is a good idea to assist and guide them in the control of static electricity. A good ESD training is basic. From there you can start building an ESD-program with ESD-procedures that everyone should follow consistently.

  2. Val November 19, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    So if a person is wearing ESD footwear outside on the grass, this person would be grounded?

    • @WPSBusinessTeam November 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

      Yes you’re grounded ESD footwear works by dissipating static build up into the ground.

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