If something is anti static, does that mean it will conduct electricity?

The terms antistatic and conductive are independent of one another. When we describe a floor as antistatic, we mean that the floor will not generate static electricity charges under specific circumstances. Those circumstances could be limited to certain shoe sole materials like antistatic footwear or leather shoe soles. A floor does not necessarily need conductive properties - or to have the ability to conduct - in order to inhibit the build-up of static on people walking on it. However, any antistatic floor that does not dissipate or conduct electricity is made using antistatic sprays or additives. These additives will usually lose their antistatic properties in a short amount of time. Antistatic properties are generally expressed as "charge generation" in volts or kilovolts (kV.) An antistatic floor can not be grounded unless it has conductive or static dissipative properties. Conductive and static dissipative properties are expressed using a unit of measure called the ohm. This video explains the difference between static dissipative and conductive.

ESD Flooring: Static Dissipative vs. Static Conductive

Request Your Free ESD Flooring DVD

Get your copy of

"Flooring that Keeps You Grounded" DVD

with all the ESDTile.com videos featuring Dave Long.

Request a Free DVD Now!

Flooring that Keeps you Grounded DVD