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One of the many floor coating options available from Painters USA is electrostatic dissipative flooring, known as ESD flooring. Electrostatic discharge is caused when the flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects is suddenly released. The amount and potential danger of electrostatic discharge depends on a number of variables, like the amount of foot traffic, type of footwear, static decay, and volts or charge generation.
Regular floors can’t be grounded, which means that static charges caused by something as simple as foot traffic remain on the surface with nowhere to go. ESD floor coatings contain conductive elements that resist the charge, dissipating energy before it has a chance to spark.
It may sound confusing and dangerous, which is why experienced commercial flooring contractors like Painters USA are vital partners for ESD floor coating selection and application. We are coating experts with NACE certifications, decades of experience across a variety of industries, and awareness of standards set forth by ANSI, EOS/ESD Association, and the National Fire Protection Association.
ESD flooring applications
While ESD flooring is a requirement in some facilities, it has become applicable to more industries, thanks to the increased use of computers, robotics, and other sophisticated electronics. Static electricity can bring down this equipment and disrupt operations, making it impossible for most businesses to function.
- Electronics manufacturing and assembly
- Electronics testing and repair
- Flight command centers
- Computer server rooms and data centers
- Clean rooms
- Medical facilities
- Operating theaters in hospitals and medical settings
- Facilities where flammable liquids or gases are present
- Any manufacturing or assembly business that uses electronics
Painters USA can implement ESD flooring solutions facility-wide, in areas where sensitive equipment is stored, and to designate electrostatic discharge-protected areas.
ESD floor coatings will reduce the likelihood of any type of harm coming to your employees, facilities, equipment, finished goods, or innocent bystanders.
Health and safety performance you can measure
It’s easy for commercial and industrial painting contractors to pay lip service to safety and welfare, but the numbers don’t lie. That’s why Painters USA follows OSHA regulations that apply to our business and helps you comply with yours. OSHA’s Total Recordable Incident Rate or TRIR ) is a safety metric used to quantify and evaluate a company’s safety performance. High TRIR scores can lead to OSHA inspections that examine all components of a company’s health and safety program. If a safety incident were to happen, we have crew members onsite with first aid training and CPR and EMR certifications to do basic, immediate lifesaving interventions with minimal equipment.
Electrostatic resistance and more
ESD urethane and epoxy coatings protect against electrostatic discharge, which can be ruinous to robotics, computers, medical devices, and other equipment with electronic components. The added advantage is that these coatings also offer protection from regular wear and tear caused by foot and vehicle traffic and heavy equipment. They seal floors from dirt, mold, germs, bacteria, and contaminants that accumulate in seams, chips, and cracks.
Coatings are typically applied over a concrete subfloor or other non-ESD substrates, bringing them into ESD compliance while reducing maintenance costs and downtime. Painters USA will help you choose the right options for your operational environment.
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Choose Painters USA for ESD flooring
Computers and robotics are playing a more prominent role in virtually every industry, making electrostatic discharge protection a concern for most property owners and facility managers. The good news is that electrostatic discharge is easily remediable and should never be the cause of disruptions and damage in commercial and industrial settings.
The bottom line is ESD flooring is a valuable safety precaution in some industries and a necessity in others. It protects electronic assets while reducing the likelihood of any type of harm coming to your employees, facilities, finished goods, or innocent bystanders.