ESD and Antistatic Safety Shoes
Antistatic and ESD safety shoes are both conducting safety shoes. This means they provide some levels of isolation, while their main purpose is to protect against static electricity. They do this by sending (conducting) the static electricity out of the safety shoes to the ground, preventing a static shock, charge or spark. Conducting safety shoes are worn in industries in which a static shock is problematic or could trigger a fire or explosion and are not the same as isolating safety shoes, like EH-rated safety shoes, which protect you from completing an electrical circuit to the ground.
ANTISTATIC SAFETY SHOES vs. ESD SAFETY SHOES
ESD and antistatic bring a lot of confusion, and not just when it comes to safety shoes. While one includes the other, it's incorrect to say the same in reverse. Although both terms refer to contact resistance, there are fundamental differences between the two.
- ANTISTATIC 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. In other words, antistatic safety shoes protect and build up static electricity until 1000 MΩ before conducting it to the ground.
- 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 to prevent the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact. So, ESD safety shoes protect and build up static electricity until 100 MΩ before sending it to the ground, resulting in a very safe and controlled conduction to the ground. Safety shoes which are both esd and antistatic will have a strong electrical resistance and a very reliable conduction to the ground.
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Our ESD safety shoes prevent strong, uncontrolled electrostatic discharges.
ESD IN INDUSTRIES
ESD and antistatic safety shoes are used in different type of industries to protect sensitive equipment or components from electrostatic discharges, 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.
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