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Can your ESD floor ground itself?

Some suppliers of ESD flooring make this type of claim.  They may specifically use the term “self-grounding” to provide assurance the floor, by itself, will effectively provide the type of ESD protection that is required by you. But, all international ESD standards for performance point to resistance to an Earth Ground as the proper grounding method.  

An Earth Ground is a big deal

Our planet is a very good conductor and it’s enormous.  That makes it a handy return path for electrons. In fact, the power company uses Earth as one of its wires in their power systems!  Utility poles have a bare wire, running down the side, which connects the power system’s aerial ground directly to Earth Ground. This is a common practice globally in the electrical power industry.  So, why wouldn’t you want your ESD floor to connect directly to Earth Ground for maximum safety and performance?

Insist on an Earth Ground for your ESD floor

It’s important to insure all static charges are consistently and safely removed from your ESD floor.  Electrostatic discharge can cause significant injury, damage, and financial loss. Failure of components used in solid-state electronics, like integrated circuits, affects an array of industries. With damage to critical parts comes major losses.  Using Earth Ground provides effective and consistent protection for your operations. Otherwise, you are risking the degradation or destruction of electronic components, equipment failure or malfunction.

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Sean Walsh

Marketing & Product Development Manager at Protective Industrial Polymers
Sean Walsh is the Marketing & Product Development Manager of Protective Industrial Polymers, a company that manufactures high-performance resinous floor coatings for industrial manufacturing environments, which has a keen focus on developing unique solutions for managing electrostatic, microbial, chemical, explosion and safety risk concerns. He has over 15 years of marketing and sales support experience in the protective coatings industry. Prior to that, Sean worked in the construction industry, specializing in contract and project management for commercial and industrial floor and roof projects. Sean enjoys working closely with PIP’s sales and management group to develop and market new flooring products and systems to address end-user’s unique requirements. You can follow Sean on LinkedIn, email him at, or contact Protective
Industrial Polymers at 866-361-3331.