Anti-static Flooring

Most industrial environments use concrete-based flooring. Typically, the water contained in the concrete pores can deplete the electrostatic charges at the surface.

However, most industrial concrete surfaces require an insulative, epoxy resin treatment to ensure that the surfaces are resistant to certain processes and activities that take place on-site.

These epoxy resin coatings provide natural insulation and prevent the build-up of electrostatic charges.

Some industrial environments are susceptible to generating electrostatic discharge (or ESD) – an electric static pulse that passes from a surface – or person – to another object.

Although static electricity conduction isn’t always significant, in some cases it can be enough to generate a small bolt of electricity or a spark.

All active electronic components and equipment e.g., integrated circuits, microchips, and machinery are sensitive to electrostatic discharges (also known as ESD events). 

Although a small spark might only manifest into a small shock, in conjunction with flammable gases and chemicals on-site, floors that are not static can cause an electrostatic spark that is hazardous, and in some cases life-threatening.

How ESD Can Be Dangerous

Heat damage – when these electrical charges encounter certain materials, they can trigger an ESD event – through heat – and in turn damage high-tech products such as metal, steel, and other materials.

Fire and explosions – in the presence of volatile chemicals, electrostatic discharges can ignite chemical mixtures, causing a fire and in cases where a manufacturer uses solvents or powders, the excess sparks can cause explosions.

Component failure – extreme heat – because of electrical charges – can cause tiny components to melt, causing devices to fail. An anti-static floor helps remove static electricity from a person’s body, thus reducing the risk of them becoming a conduit for electrostatic discharge.

Why Anti-Static Flooring is Essential

According to UK Health and Safety regulations, anti-static flooring is compulsory in certain industries as one of the most basic safety precautions.

In the case of chemical manufacturers and any businesses that use flammable materials or chemicals, they are compelled to create a static-free work environment to avoid igniting flammable particles or fumes.

Installing anti-static flooring is a fundamental step in creating a safe environment for employees and visitors alike.

For sites with an increased risk of explosion, our antistatic epoxy resin coating controls the discharge of electricity to an earthing point. Incorporating conductive components within the basic formulation, these systems perform in line with BS 2050 requirements.

Anti-static flooring can be applied in the following industries:

  • Electronic assembly
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil and chemical processing
  • Aeronautical
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical
  • Laboratories
  • Computer suites
  • Automotive
  • Clean rooms
  • Explosive areas

Vebrostatic is a range of conductive and dissipative electrostatic floor systems, including either seamless self-smoothing or anti-slip textured quartz finishes.

What are the main benefits of choosing vebrostatic systems?

Vebrostatic systems are designed to meet various ESD standards including DIN EN 1081, DIN EN 61340-4-1 & DIN, EN 61340-4-5 and DIN EN 61340-5-1; 5×10⁴ – 1×10⁹ Ω.

Vebrostatic systems demonstrate excellent resistance to fuels, lubricants, solvents, and other chemicals, as well as preventing fire and explosion risk from electrostatic charge.

Even the most sophisticated anti-static resin flooring solution won’t live up to expectations in the absence of professional expertise during installation.

As the South West’s leading Commercial and Industrial Flooring Specialists, we supply anti-static resin flooring to customers in a broad range of sectors. To find out how our antistatic flooring can improve safety and performance in your business, call us today.

We are here to help with any flooring problem, whether it be large or small.

We will be with you through every step of the process; from the initial consultation right through to the installation of your floor by our team of qualified flooring contractors. 

You will also have access to our excellent aftercare team, who can advise you on the maintenance and cleaning of your flooring solution. 

To speak to one of our dedicated team of specialists, please get in touch via our Contact Us page, or call us on tel: +44 (0)1803 868680. 

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