ESD and Antistatic Safety Shoes

FIRST OF ALL : ESD / ANTISTATIC SAFETY SHOES vs. EH SAFETY SHOES

EH rated safety shoes protect yourself from an electric shock, the idea behind these boots is pretty simple. The entire surface of the boot is made from non-conductive materials and as a result there’s no way that an electric charge reaches your feet. These boots are worn when working with live wires for example.

While EH rated shoes will isolate you from the ground completely, ESD safety shoes or antistatic safety shoes also provide some levels of isolation, but their main purpose is to protect against static electricity. They do this by CONDUCTING the static electricity out of the safety shoes to the ground, preventing a static shock, charge or spark. They are generally worn in industries in which a static shock is problematic but not life threatening.


SECOND OF ALL: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ANTISTATIC AND ESD

ESD and antistatic bring a lot of confusion as well, 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 this means, an antistatic safety shoe protects 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 in order 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.

Do you need advice or do you have a question about ESD or antistatic safety shoes? Don’t hesitate to contact us right away, We're social!

Link to Safety Jogger Facebook Link to Safety Jogger Linkedin Link to Safety Jogger Instagram Link to Safety Jogger WeChat

antistatic safety shoes icon

ANTISTATIC

Our antistatic safety shoes prevent the build-up of static electricity and reduces static electric charges.

Electrical resistance between 0.1 and 1000 (MΩ)
Norm - EN 20344: 2011 5 10
Good protection from electrical shocks and sufficient dissipative capacity
100% Tested in production
ESD safety shoes icon

ESD

Our ESD safety shoes prevent a strong, uncontrolled electrostatic discharge.

Electrical resistance between 0.1 and 100 (MΩ)
Norm - BS EN 61340-4-3: 2002 (IEC 61340-4-3:2001)
Guaranteed extremely low electrical resistance under any conditions
100% Tested in production
difference between ESD and antistatic in safety shoes

ESD IN INDUSTRIES


ESD and antistatic 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.

ESD and antistatic safety shoes in industries
ESD and antistatic safety shoes in industries

ESD CLASSES


Temperature and humidity (or the moisture content in the shoe) have a major effect on the safety shoe’s electrical resistance. Safety shoes with ESD protection are tested and divided into different climate classes, 1, 2 and 3.

The difference between these three classes is the time of conditioning, temperature and humidity. For example, climate class 1 is the ESD class with the highest temperature and lowest humidity. When safety shoes satisfy the class 1 criteria (in other words, an electrical resistance between 0.1 and 100 MΩ), they have a guaranteed low electrical resistance, even under exceptional circumstances.

Testing the ESD properties of safety shoes for ESD certification involves a test method under laboratory conditions. The safety shoe is placed on a stainless steel plate as the first electrode and a counter electrode is placed inside the safety shoe on the insole. Weight of 12.5 kg (+/- 2.5 kg) is then applied. A device measures the contact resistance between the two electrodes. It must be less than 100 megaohm for ESD certification to be granted for the respective climate class.

ESD TECHNOLOGIES

SOCK STITCHED + PU
esd antistatic safety shoe with stitched sock and polyurethane
esd antistatic safety shoe with stitched sock and polyurethane
SOCK STITCHED + ESD-PLUG
esd antistatic safety shoe with stitched sock and esd plug
esd antistatic safety shoe with stitched sock and esd plug
EVA + ESD-PLUG
esd antistatic safety shoe with eva and esd plug
esd antistatic safety shoe with eva and esd plug

You might also like to read:

Lightweight Work Boots For Sensitive Feet

Toprunner lightweight work boots
What makes a lightweight work boot? Every vital element, the protective toe, outsole, upper material, lacing hardware, linings, insoles, .. contributes to the final weight of a lightweight work boot.

Puncture resistant SJ FLEX midsole

Puncture resistant SJ FLEX Insole is an innovative technology that combines high strength with light weight. Puncture resistant SJ FLEX Insole has proved his quality in different applications.

What Safety Shoe Fits Your Job? Safety Features Overview

Safety shoes technical features
A Guideline to Finding the Perfect Pair of Safety Shoes for Your Work Environment! This page is an overview of all the technical features we have in our safety shoes.


GROW YOUR BUSINESS & BECOME A DEALER

Safety Jogger is worldwide and still looking for people to represent our products! We have a team of expert's ready for you to help with questions about our brand, technologies or reselling our products. So don’t hesitate to fill in this form, we usually get back to you within a day!



  Replies within 24h