Static electricity causes two main workplace concerns:
- Ignition of flammable materials or atmospheres, causing fires that endanger employees and property.
- Harm to sensitive electronic components. Electrostatic discharge costs the electronics industry millions of dollars annually in damaged and degraded parts.
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Grounding and bonding are commonly used to prevent static buildup. Grounding connects one or more conductive objects to the ground so any built up electricity is harmlessly discharged. Bonding connects objects with a conductor to equalize electrical buildup and prevent discharge from one object to another.
To ensure a safe and productive workplace, employees must be educated about static hazards, with static hazard safety signs and clearly labeled static-prevention equipment.
Learn more about static electricity safety with these links:
- Technical articles on static control at Newson Gale
- CCOHS Article: How Do I Work Safely with Flammable and Combustible Liquids? (Static Electricity)
- OSHA Controlling Electrical Hazards brochure (pdf)
- OSHA Information on Static Electricity Buildup on Plastic Pipe
- Browse Static and Grounding Safety Signs at ComplianceSigns.com