Antistatic Industrial Flooring
Ucrete industrial flooring Ireland is widely used in many areas where solvents are stored and handled because of the excellent resistance to a wide range of very aggressive solvents. Wherever solvents are used, whether in processes or for cleaning, there is a potential risk of explosive vapour/ air mixtures forming. An electrostatic discharge can provide sufficient energy to ignite such a mixture, often resulting in an explosion.
Similarly, wherever fine organic powders are handled or generated during processing, these too can form powder/ air mixtures with the potential for a dust explosion if ignited. Ucrete antistatic floors provide the chemical and solvent resistance required of a floor in process areas together with the static conductive properties required for the control of undesirable static electricity.
Earth linkages connect the antistatic floor to earth and facilitate the dissipation of electrical charge. It is good practice to ensure that there are two earth linkages, at opposite corners of the room, to ensure that even if one is damaged, the whole floor will still conform to the original specification. The earthing cable must be provided by the site or project electrician. It is connected to the floor during installation using a crow’s foot linkage.
An antistatic floor can only play a part in the elimination of undesirable static discharge and must be seen as an integral part of a total strategy. For example the design and earthing of plant and equipment, the use of barrel clamps as well as correct footwear and clothing. For further guidance the British Standard BS5958 ‘The code of practice for control of undesirable static electricity' refers.
Ucrete antistatic floors work by dissipating static electricity to earth. In order to prevent personnel working in the area from becoming charged through induction or triboelectrically, personnel must be in electrical contact with the floor, which requires the wearing of antistatic footwear.
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