What is ESD flooring, who needs it, and why?

Flooring needs in 2018 continue to change, and as they do the flooring experts at Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems is continually striving to provide you, our readers and clients, with the best, most up-to-date flooring information available. And, in this day and age, current details on ESD flooring is significant.

ESD Flooring

What is ESD flooring? First of all, ESD is the abbreviation for Electrostatic Discharge which is that shock you sometimes feel with static electricity. ESD flooring is flooring that controls static electricity in work environments. There are two different types of ESD Floor Coatings – Conducive and Dissipative. Each works differently to control electrostatic discharge.

A conductive ESD floor coating contains electrically conductive carbon and graphite particles, within the coating. These allow electrical currents to travel through the flooring in a controlled fashion.

An ESD dissipative flooring has anti-static properties. What this means in that under specific circumstances, electrostatic charges do not build up in the flooring. It is important to note, however, that if the conditions change, the dissipative properties of the flooring will change as well.

Who needs ESD flooring? Businesses and industries are reliant on technology – power plants, data centers, and air traffic control towers – chemical labs, even military installations – any place where a stray spark could cause catastrophe can be vulnerable to the adverse effects of ESD. A few specific examples include:

  • Banking and IT facilities that need to protect sensitive data and personal information
  • Any industry that utilizes sensitive computer hardware, including many of today’s factories and manufacturing facilities
  • The pharmaceutical industry and hospitals

Why? ESD Flooring prevents issues caused by stray electrostatic discharge. When you understand that today’s sensitive computer hardware can be damaged by a static discharge as low as 20 Volts and that what we consider as common static electricity is a release of 3,000 volts of electricity, then you understand the need for ESD flooring.

ESD Flooring protects manufacturing equipment containing sensitive microelectronic technology from damage, information and technology from corruption or loss of data, and locations that use flammable chemicals and gases or high concentrations of oxygen from dangerous explosions.

Do you need an ESD floor? If so, call Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems at 1-800-234-8208. West Michigan’s ESD flooring specialist, Xtreme will conduct a comprehensive flooring evaluation and risk assessment to determine your specific requirements and ESD flooring needs. A flooring specialist from Xtreme Engineered Floor Systems will be happy to answer all your ESD related questions. Call us today.