The Ins and Outs of Conductive Footwear

Conductive Footwear

A typical human body may carry around 12,000 to 35,000 volts of electrostatic charges. Conductive footwear provides a continuous grounding path between the human body and an ESD flooring. Conductive footwear is designed to keep you protected when potential electrical hazards are present.

Conductive footwear is designed to discharge static electricity from the body through your shoes into grounded floors. Floors must be grounded so that a charge can be dissipated. Conductive footwear is designed and manufactured to minimize static electricity and to reduce the possibility or ignition of volatile chemicals, explosives or explosive dusts.

The main points of conductive footwear are that when tested the footwear is “unworn”. The voltage used to test is 500 Volts. The probe is 2.5 inches in diameter and is all metal. The resistance of this type of footwear is between 0 and 500,000 Ohms. There are no sub-classifications of conductive footwear in this standard after 1999.

Conductive footwear is defined by ANSI Z41-1999 as any unworn footwear having a resistance of zero (0) to five hundred thousand (500,000) Ohms.

The main points to note in this section of the standard are that:

1. The footwear is to “unworn” when tested.
2. The voltage is to be 500 Volts.
3. The probe is 2.5 inches in diameter and is all metal.
4. The resistance of this type footwear is between 0 and 500,000 Ohms.
5. There are no sub-classifications of conductive footwear in this standard after 1999.

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4 Responses to “The Ins and Outs of Conductive Footwear”

  1. Manuel Roa December 1, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    I have interest in 0 resistance work boots.
    Are your boots conducting from conductive mat, to the boot sole, to the foot skin or from C mat, to boot sole to some part of the leg.
    Is possible to add a fuse, becaus as my understanding, resistor delay the electrical disipation and i do not want delays in this matter.

    I trying to emulate barefoot conductivity.

    For out door activities, i do not need fuse, but for my work i want fuse protection. We do not know when a electric shock come from a machin to the floor trough our body.

    Thank you for your attention.

    • @WPSBusinessTeam January 24, 2013 at 3:33 pm #

      Manuel Roa, I am checking with one of our boot experts to make sure I provide you with the correct information. We are a little confused on exactly what you’re talking about. Zero resistance boots, is that ESD footwear you’re referring to? If you’re asking how our ESD boots dissipate the static charge, normally there is stitching that matches up in the insole with stitching in the sole of the boot to allow the static charge to dissipate. As far as the fuse that you’re referring to, this another thing that stumped us until you provide further clarification. We believe the fuse that you’re talking about would be a strap that some companies use in place of using ESD footwear. Is this correct? We want to help you find the best possible answer, so if you can provide us with a bit more we should be able to help. Thanks for the question though!

  2. eric williams August 21, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    Seeking comfort shoes with conductive soles, prefer under 2000 ohms. Not for work, I am over 75yrs old. can’t find ANYWHERE! So I must go BAREfoot then?

  3. Thurstan Wolf October 13, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

    Hi there, I, like eric, am looking for very low resistive footwear. This would be for work though.

    For example we need flooring to be less than 50KOhms so we will be looking for a similar (if not lower) resistance.

    Is this something that can be guaranteed? (assuming proper care of the footwear is taken)

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