ESD 101: Are You Equipped for Basic Protection?

by Kathy S. on August 24, 2015

ESD 101--Are You Equipped for Basic ProtectionHow do you manage static? First and foremost your workstation must limit electrostatic voltages and ESD (electrostatic discharge) or it’s not doing its job. Begin by grounding all work surfaces, people and equipment to the same electrical ground point or “common point ground.”

You can take a variety of precautions to limit risk to sensitive devices, but depending on your situation, they may not all be necessary. For example, what about your personnel? Are they stationary or mobile? What’s mandatory or suggested for one may be optional for the other.

As you design your unique ESD workstation, you’ll need to weigh the relevant factors; however, the following list of equipment is common and generally standard for basic ESD protection:

  • Table Mat
  • Floor Mat and Ground Cord
  • Wrist Band and Coil Cord Set
  • Heel Grounders
  • Constant Monitors
  • ESD Jackets
  • ESD Equipment Testers
  • Air Ionizers

How does your ESD protection program measure up? If it’s getting a mediocre or failing grade, don’t worry; you don’t have to go back to school. The ESD Association can help you implement standards into your day-to-day operations.

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