Author - Sophie Hunt

Continuous monitors

Continuous Monitoring in ESD Control

It is well known that wrist straps are considered the first line of ESD control. However they need to be visually inspected and checked periodically, while being worn, before handling any ESD sensitive items to warn the operator of any fault which would lead to no longer being grounded. Periodic testing versus continuous monitoring The downside of periodic testing is that there is no way of knowing when any fault occurred between testing. For example, a wrist strap can pass a [...]

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The role of ESD lab coats in ESD Protected Areas (EPA)

There is a common misconception that if a person is wearing a wrist strap, an ESD lab coat (also known as a smock) is not necessary. Many operators believe that any charge on the person or their clothes would find its way to ground via a wrist strap or via ESD footwear. Purpose of ESD lab coats Despite ESD Standards not requiring ESD lab coats or jackets, they are a very practical solution for minimising ESD events from a person’s clothing. [...]

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