Understanding ESD Flooring Specifications and Standards

Testing surface resistivity, which became the accepted test method for ESD flooring for many years, only tells part of the story. The ability of the floor to dissipate a charge on a person and limit the ability of a person to generate a charge are critical to a floor’s ability to maintain an equipotential balance between all items and personnel. Flooring should be approved and installed based on evaluation of properties that apply specifically to flooring and the industry application involved.