Welcome to UK's #1 choice for all things rubber!

Shopping Cart

  • 0 Item
  • |
  • £0.00

Electrical Matting: Prevent Electro Static Discharge at Work

Electro Static Discharge is the release of static electricity that can occur when two objects come into contact. Examples are the slight shock we experience when we've walked across a carpet and touched a metal doorknob, or the static electricity produced when we take clothes out of an electric dryer.

Putting washing in the machine and a door knob

The majority of ESD events are harmless, with the static lasting for just a few seconds. Normally, we don't really notice it. However, although it appears to be unimportant, ESD can cause expensive problems in many industrial environments.

 

What causes ESD?

A build-up of an electrostatic charge occurs when two materials rub together, causing one to become positively charged and the other to become negatively charged. This creates an electrostatic charge in the positively-charged material.

As a result, when the charge comes into contact with the appropriate material, the electrostatic is transferred - this causes an ESD event. Although the heat produced by the ESD event is very hot, we hardly feel anything when we're shocked – we often don't feel it at all.

However, it can have much more serious effects when the charge releases on to an electronic device like an expansion card. The intense heat caused by the charge can actually melt or vaporise the tiny components in the card, causing complete failure.

Sometimes, when a device has been damaged by an ESD event, it can continue to function. Known as a latent defect, it can be difficult to detect and will shorten the device's lifespan significantly.

 

Workplace ESD hazards

Workplace ESD can potentially cause problems in many different industries including electronics, agriculture, pharmaceutical, graphic arts, plastic, textiles and more.

As well as damaging the components of a device, it can also have an adverse effect on employees too - in both psychological and physical terms.

On a mild scale, it causes discomfort for employees who receive a mild shock. This can make them wary of touching particular pieces of equipment and subsequently production can be reduced. Coupled with the downtime caused by the faulty equipment, this can have a detrimental effect on your company.

In extreme cases, ESD can pose a significant threat to employees working in and around high voltage areas. The subsequent electric discharge can ignite a fire that can have serious consequences. In the worst possible cases overvoltage can occur, and this can cause fatalities among the people working in the area.

 

How can electrical matting help?

Electrical and switchboard matting is a vital investment that can reduce hazards in the workplace caused by electro static discharge. An employee can work on an ESD electrical insulation floor mat that will send the electrostatic charge into the ground, rather than into the device.

Electrical matting is one of the most convenient and effective ways of reducing the risk of ESD. It reduces, or eliminates altogether, static electricity, creating a barrier between the employees and the ground. It not only safeguards the workforce from potential injuries, it also protects equipment from damage.

The electrical insulation mats are made of rubber, as its property of resistivity makes it a reliable material to use in many industrial applications – thus, it is the obvious choice for electrical safety matting. Rubber inhibits the flow of electrical charge as a result of its molecular structure preventing the free flow of electrons.

Coruba has an extensive range of electrical switchboard matting. As the UK's leading supplier, we have many different grades of all classes, which are compliant with the relevant industry standards, including BS EN 61111 2009, ASTM and VDE. Our products are supplied with full certifications.

Coruba rubber matting

The Coru570 and Coru571 fine ribbed rubber matting is compliant with European Standard IEC61111-2009 and can sustain 11,000 volts. Fully tested and certified, it provides safety for employees both in lower voltage switchboard areas and in high equipment areas.

For further information, call our team on 01702 811 570, or email info@coruba.co.uk.



Comments

There are no comments in this post. Be the first to comment.

Please Login to Comment