ESD and Anti-Static Safety Shoes
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTI-STATIC AND ESD
If you work with electricity, you’ll definitely get exposed to electricity at some point. That’s why you’ll need to wear safety shoes with an electrical resistance that prevents too much electricity from passing through your body. Be smart enough to keep yourself safe and the devices you work with unharmed.
There is a lot of confusion between the terms ESD and anti-static, and not just when it comes to safety shoes. While one includes the other, its incorrect to say the same in reverse. Although both terms refer to contact resistance, there are fundamental differences between the two.
Anti-static safety shoes have an electrical resistance between 0.1 and 1000 MegaOhm (MΩ). A value that fluctuates between good protection from electrical shocks and sufficient dissipative capacity.
ESD (or ElectroStatic Discharge) safety shoes on the other hand, have an electrical resistance between 0.1 and 100 (MΩ). Thus they guarantee a low electrical resistance in order to prevent the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact.
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Our ESD safety shoes prevent a strong, uncontrolled electrostatic discharge.
ESD IN INDUSTRIES
ESD and anti-static safety shoes are used in different type of industries, such as aerospace, industrial equipment manufacturing, semiconductor manufacturing, electrical engineers, telecommunications equipment manufacturing, battery manufacturing, computer equipment manufacturing, medical industry, hospitals and many more.
ESD can cause a range of harmful effects on worksites. Gas, fuel vapour and coal dust explosions, as well as failure of solid state electronics components such as integrated circuits. Therefore it’s crucial that people who work in these environments stay protected at all times by wearing ESD safety shoes.