Electro Static Discharge

The human body is an excellent conductor of electricity. A person who, for example, walks across a floor, removes a piece of synthetic clothing, or works at a desk, can become statically charged with upwards of several thousand volts. Somehow this static charge must be released. Sometimes this can result in an ”electric shock”. In a large variety of industries, this discharge of static electricity can damage a variety of products. This is primarily true within the electronics industry where some components are very sensitive.
Other examples are:


  • The automotive industry, where static electricity poses a fire-risk in the paint shop

  • Chemical and pyrotechnics industries, where there exists a risk for explosions

  • Laboratories, where precise measurements can be disturbed


Static electricity can even lead to production disruptions within different industries. How, then, do you get rid of the electrical charge that you carry? It should be lead away with suitable ESD products, for example semiconductive work-benches, chairs, or flooring as well as those products you ”put on” like clothes, shoes, gloves and armband. Some environments are classified as EPA, ESD Protected Area, which means that the whole work area is protected against static electricity. To prevent product damage from electro static discharge, every work environment should be designed based on the existing requirements for the use of various ESD products.