ASTM-F150 › Standard Test Method for Electrical Resistance of Conductive and Static Dissipative Resilient Flooring
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1.1 This test method covers the determination of electrical conductance or resistance of resilient flooring either in tile or sheet form, for applications such as hospitals, computer rooms, clean rooms, access flooring, munition plants, or any other environment concerning personnel-generated static electricity.
1.2 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
1.3 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
Significance and Use
4.1 Conductive and static dissipative floors (static control flooring) serve as a convenient means of electrically connecting persons and objects together to prevent the accumulation of electrostatic charges. A static control floor is specified on the basis of controlled resistance values. The surface of the floor provides a path of moderate electrical conductivity between all persons and equipment making contact with the floor to prevent the accumulation of dangerous electrostatic charges. Static control footwear will need to be used in conjunction with the floor for the floor to perform effectively with personnel.
4.2 The resistance of some flooring materials change with age. Floors of such materials should have an initial resistance low enough or high enough to permit increase or decrease in resistance with age without exceeding the limits prescribed in the product specifications.
conductive; electrodes; electrostatic charge; flooring; ground; megohm meter; resistance; static dissipative;; ICS Number Code 97.150 (Floor coverings)
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