ESD Flooring

What Is ESD Flooring?

By September 17, 2019 August 5th, 2020 No Comments

ESD Flooring is also known as static control flooring.

ESD which stands for electrostatic discharge is a grounded, static dissipative floor or conductive floor covering having an electrical resistance between 2.5 x 104 to 1.0 x 109 Ohms.

When StaticSmart’s flooring is chosen where computers, electronics, or sophisticated electronics systems are used. Our ESD flooring prevents operational failures such as dropped calls, system outages, etc. which cost hundreds of millions of dollars annually in lost productivity and outright product failures.

This kind of flooring is used in air traffic control towers, electronics manufacturers, computer labs hospitals, or even radio stations. It is used to prevent and remove static electric charges where sophisticated electronics systems are operated, manufactured, assembled or repaired.

Static control flooring requirements vary greatly between industries and applications. Therefore StaticSmart has engineered three levels of anti-static protection. By offering anti-static flooring with different levels of static control protection we help businesses, government agencies, architects, engineers, designers, and contractors select the right carpet or tile flooring for their needs.

How Is Static Electricity Generated On Floors?

ESD Flooring

  1. Static is generated on the person walking across the floor.
  2. The static electricity continues to build.
  3. The static discharges as soon as the person comes in contact with another object, like a computer keyboard, that is capable of accepting this charge. Static electricity always seeks the path of least resistance.

Did you know?

  • Most static is discharged through the hands.
  • Simple movements like sliding out of a chair across the floor at work, or walking across a floor, can produce enough static electricity to damage equipment at work.
  • People cannot detect an electrostatic discharge until it has reached a minimum of 3,500 volts.

Anuradha Bhagwat’s TedED video below sheds light on the science of static electricity.


Have questions about KV ratings, Ohms resistance, or specifying static control flooring?

Contact a StaticSmart representative here or call us at 800-225-6052.