In order to be able to carry out work and measurements on electrostatically sensitive components safely and correctly, an ESD safe workplace is essential.
Foot mats, workplace pads, large assemblies and personnel grounding are earthed by so-called earth bonding plugs, while it is important to pay attention to ESD logos for clothing and tools.
It doesn´t happen often that fully assembled components or assemblies cn be handled repaired or serviced in ESD protected areas. This is where so-called ESD workplaces are needed. The traditional mobile workplace (also called a handling set) consists of a workplace pad, a wrist band for grounding of personnel and an earthing cable with a earthing plug. If there are no plug sockets available, the earthing cable can also be attached to grounded metal surfaces using a crocodile clip. When properly set up, static electricity is discharged via the mat. But when using this method, it is important to make sure that the hand-to-earth resistance is less than 3.5 x 107 ohms.