What is electrostatic discharge?
Static electricity is the what makes your hair stand on end. On its own, it is not dangerous. Static build up is a product of contact and separation between two solid surfaces. From the contact, one item loses electrons becoming positively charged. While the other gains electrons, becoming negatively charged. We don’t feel static electricity unless the discharge – the “static shock” – is at least 3500 volts. And that’s just a quick nuisance to us. Sensitive electronic components can be damaged by an electrostatic discharge as low as 20 volts. A personal grounding strap is an effective solution.
How do Static Control Products work?
Antistatic devices, reduce, dampen, or inhibit the buildup of electrostatic discharge. In other words, they carry electric charge away harmlessly. If you work around flammable liquids or gases or delicate electrical devices, invest in anti-static clothing. ESD safe coveralls are the wearable version of the Faraday cage. Clothing, especially those made from synthetic materials, are significant electrostatic charge generators. Worse yet, they also insulate, holding those charges. Meaning you could be walking around with thousands of volts on your sleeves until they neutralize over hours or days. So, if you work in a critical environment, cleanroom, or semi-conductor manufacturer, then invest in clothing that is the wearable version of a Faraday cage. If not designed to be esd-safe, clothing made from synthetic materials are significant electrostatic charge generators. Available to ground your tables, workstations, and floors.