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Electrical Matting: Prevent Electro Static Discharge at Work


Electro Static Discharge or ESD is the sudden release of electricity when two electrically charged objects come into contact. A common example of electro static discharge is the light shock we receive from touching a metal doorknob after walking across a carpeted floor. The static typically only lasts for a few seconds and most of the time we don’t even notice it. Harmless as it may seem, ESD can be a major cause for concern in industrial workplaces.

How does ESD Occur?

When two different materials rub against each other, this creates a build-up of electrostatic discharge. One of the materials becomes positively-charged, while the other is negatively-charged. When it comes into contact with a certain material, the electrostatic charge is transferred – and that is when ESD occurs.

What are the Effects of ESD?

Electronics, graphic arts, pharmaceutical, agriculture, plastic and textile are just some of the many industries that have issues with electrostatic charge and discharge.

On a mild scale, it can bring discomfort to workers who’ve received the shock - causing them to avoid touching particular equipment; this may also lead to reduced production.

The charge from ESD is extremely hot, although there are instances when humans can barely feel it but when it is released from electronic devices, such as expansion cards or other computer hardware, the heat from the charge may melt tiny parts of the device, which may then render the item useless. Faulty equipment can cause downtime for your company.

In extreme cases, ESD can also pose a serious risk to those who work in and around high voltage areas. The electric discharge may ignite a fire or worse, overvoltage can occur, which may lead to death.

How can ESD be prevented?

As one of the most convenient ways to significantly reduce the risk of electro static discharge (ESD), electrical or switchboard matting should be installed in the workplace. Electrical mats are designed to reduce or eliminate static electricity – they create a barrier between the ground and the workers. Safeguarding employees from injuries, they can also protect your equipment from damage.

Coru550 – Electrical Safety Rubber Matting to BS921/1976

Coruba offers the most extensive & compliant range of Electrical/ Switchboard Matting in the UK. We have different grades of all classes, including BS EN 61111 2009, ASTM, BS 921 and VDE; all products are sold with full certifications.

Call our sales team on 01702 560194 or email us at info@coruba.co.uk for further assistance.

ESD can create a negative impact on work efficiency and product reliability: Electrical/ Switchboard matting is a necessary investment that can reduce workplace hazards caused by electro static discharge (ESD).

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