ASTM F150 Standard Test Method for Electrical Resistance of Conductive and Static Dissipative Resilient Flooring
ASTM F-150 testing covers the determination of electrical conductance or resistance of resilient flooring either in tile or sheet form. The most common applications for applications of the ASTM F150 test are for hospitals, computer rooms, clean rooms, access flooring, munition plants, or any other environment concerning personnel-generated static electricity. The ASTM F-150 test procedure calls out specific test requirements for conductive floors and static dissipative floors. ASTM-F-150 testing can be completed either in an EMC test chamber or as on-site testing if the floor is already installed.
The significance and use of the ASTM-F150 testing standard states that 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.
It is important to keep in mind that 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.
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