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ESD Prevention Measures Part 2: Using Anti Static Mats

Once you are wearing ESD clothing make sure that you are working on a grounded surface. In the vicinity of electrostatic sensitive devices, an anti static or "esd" mat is used to ground static electricity generated by people and moving equipment.

Static Dissipative Mat with Black Carbon Underside and Snaps for Ground ConnectionConductive Floor Mat. Beveled to Prevent Tripping. Made of Black Carbon to Bring Static to Ground Quickly.

There are two types used in static control: Static Dissipative Mats, and Conductive Mats.

Anti Static ESD Mats & Grounding

Anti Static ESD Mats

Using Anti Static ESD Matting

As you move you generate static electricity, which can cling to both your body and clothes. Wearing a wrist strap is important so that you ground static on your skin's surface, but do not neglect to ground your work surface.

A static dissipative mat that rests on a conductive surface (commonly the case in military facilities) are typically made of 3 layers (3-ply) with static dissipative vinyl layers surrounding a conductive substrate which is electrically attached to ground (earth). For commercial uses, static dissipative rubber mats are traditionally used that are made of 2 layers (2-ply) with a tough solder resistant top static dissipative layer that makes them last longer than the vinyl mats, and a conductive rubber bottom.

Static is Grounded by Wearing Wrist Straps and Working on ESD Mats Connected to Common Point Ground Systems

Conductive mats are made of carbon and used only on floors for the purpose of drawing static electricity to ground as quickly as possible. Normally conductive mats are made with cushioning for standing and are referred to as "anti-fatigue" mats.

Anti Fatigue ESD Floor Mats Provide a Safe Standing Surface

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