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How to Reduce ESD Damage

How to Reduce ESD Damage


Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the rapid transfer of an electrical charge between two objects -- such as a person

and a computer or computer component -- when there is a difference in electrical potential between the two objects.

ESD can destroy computer equipment with a discharge that is undetectable to people. Protect computer equipment,

especially at repair and component handling stations, by using proper countermeasures to prevent ESD.



1.Move all opened electronic equipment and workbenches that are used to handle or repair electronic equipment off of

carpeted areas and onto linoleum tile, cement or wood flooring.


2.Place anti-static static floor mats in all places where electronic equipment is handled, repaired or operating, such as

under desks and workbenches where chairs are located. Plug the anti-static mats into ground plugs using the plug

connectors provided with the mats.


3.Place anti-static desk mats on all desks and workbenches where electronic equipment is handled, running or repaired.

Plug the anti-static mats into grounded plugs located next to each desk or workbench.


4.Wear an anti-static wrist strap with the cord attached to a ground plug or anti-static mat that is grounded when

repairing or handling electronic equipment.


5.If a wrist strap is not available, always keep one hand on the chassis of electronic equipment that is being handled or

repaired while the chassis is open. The chassis must also be connected to ground.


6.Run a humidifier and maintain 40 to 60 percent humidity in the area where electronic equipment is handled,

running or being repaired.


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