How to protect against ESD?

kreiley

We have been using those mats with the tethered wrist straps to protect against electrostatic discharge (ESD), but everyone just takes them off or forgets to reattach when they change workstations. What would be an effective alternative to prevent ESD damage?

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jimlynch
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Here's a helpful article on how to prevent ESD damage:

How to prevent ESD damage?
http://maxwell03.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-prevent-ESD-damage

"Well, being charge of static electricity doesn’t harm you physically in fact we’re being charge and discharge without knowing it everyday. The issue is, if you’re reading this you probably have a computer and you’re computer must be opened once in a while to clean the dust building up or to upgrade/install a new component like a graphics adapter and memory card. And when you open it up, you’re exposing your computer to possible ESD damage."

jluppino
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Those workstation mats would be great if you didn't have to wear the wristband. The easiest thing would probably be to get the antistatic mats that you stand on instead. Since you ground the mat instead of the person, it prevents forgetting/neglecting to use the wrist strap ground. A 3' x 5' antistatic floor mat should run you around $100.  

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