Because clothing usually is electrically insulated or isolated from the body, charges on clothing fabrics are not necessarily dissipated to the skin and then to ground. ESD jackets and lab coats offer protection from electrostatic fields generated by clothing on the user’s body. ESD garments are worn whenever static damage is a concern.
ESD jackets differ from common work garments because they contain a grid of conductive fibers imbedded throughout the garment. The grid creates a “Faraday Cage” effect around the body of the operator, that shields charges generated from the operator’s clothing that could damage devices that are sensitive to static electricity.Continue reading “What is ESD Clothing?” »