When referring to flooring materials, the term “conductive” is often confused with the term “static dissipative.” Floors are correctly classified as conductive or static-dissipative based upon their electrical resistance to ground. Electrical resistance is measured in ohms (Ω).
The resistance to ground of a conductive floor is usually defined as < 1.0 x 106 ohms, measured per ANSI/ESD STM 7.1. Conductive flooring meets the required resistive properties (< 109 ohms) for a floor complying with the resistance to ground parameter in ANSI/ESD S20.20-2014.
2) A type of flooring intended to prevent, mitigate, dissipate, conduct, remove or ground excessive static electricity charges on people, furniture, mobile carts and equipment.
Note: This generic description is not useful in evaluating static-control flooring materials. Materials should be evaluated based upon their electrical resistance, suitability for the application, and compliance with industry standards.