ESD Shoe Covers 101

ESD Shoe Covers 101
Skid Resistant Conductive Strip Shoe Covers
Shoe Cover with Conductive Strip to prevent ESD

In many industries, electrostatic discharge (ESD) has the potential to contaminate equipment, products, and environments. One of the most effective ways to prevent ESD is to limit the ways in which it’s created. In cleanroom environments, that starts with grounding your employees. To keep operators grounded and to thwart ESD, employers implement ESD shoe covers, also sometimes referred to as conductive strip shoe covers.

Electrostatic sensitive devices can include computer cards, laser diodes, high-precision resistors, MOSFET transistors which are used to make integrated circuits (IC)s, and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). When exposed to ESD, these types of devices may be rendered useless, thus draining your company’s resources. As such, controlling ESD is imperative not only for ensuring safe and productive workflows, but also for extending the lifespan of your devices and staying within budget.


Even when floors are properly grounded, wearing ESD shoe covers is still a good idea. You can never have too many grounding methods. Some employees may feel that wearing ESD covers can be a nuisance, but in reality, it’s a necessary compliance step and should be viewed as a compulsory aspect of working in a cleanroom environment.
While there are many types of shoe covers available, only certain materials are considered static-resistant. For instance, polyurethane shoe covers may work well for general purpose applications, including medical and food processing environments, but a conductive strip must be included on conductive shoe covers to provide ESD grounding.
When choosing ESD shoe covers to meet your company’s needs, there are a few considerations to be mindful of:

  • Material: Of course, you’ll want to make sure you’re selecting anti-static materials. A non-woven carbon conductive strip can facilitate grounding and prevent ESD. Choosing latex-free options is also advantageous, as the material is a common allergen.
  • Fit: To accommodate wearers of all shoe sizes, a fit of 16” L by 8” W works well. The sturdy strips ensure a snug fit against the shoe to prevent slipping. Not only does this support comfort, it also thwarts ESD effectively.
  • Slip Resistance: There are both regular sole and skid-resistant options available for ESD shoe covers. The skid-free soles are useful in potentially slippery conditions. In cleanroom environments, where surfaces may be more slippery due to their sanitary nature, it may be beneficial to opt for skid-resistant conductive shoe covers to keep your employees safe.

Conductive shoe covers are made from lightweight material to prevent discomfort. In fact, they’re so comfortable that wearers may wind up forgetting they even have them on! In an environment where impurities simply can’t enter the equation, ESD shoe covers are an effective line of defense for keeping your devices safe. They’ll also limit contamination to help keep your cleanrooms and products immaculate.
Both regular sole and skid-resistant conductive shoe covers come in large quantities to last you a long period of time. To browse ESD shoe cover options, visit Harmony Business Supplies online.

Disposable Apparel in Cleanrooms

Disposable Apparel in Cleanrooms

What is a Cleanroom?

A cleanroom is a controlled environment used in manufacturing, laboratories, scientific research, pharmaceutical, and other industrial applications. Cleanroom environments have controlled, low levels of environment pollutants and contaminates. The cleanliness of cleanrooms are measured by the number of particles per cubic meter in the air. An ISO 1 Cleanroom has only 12 particles per cubic meter, opposed to a typical urban environment that has 35,000,000 particles per cubic meter.

Why do Cleanrooms matter?

When constructing delicate equipment or doing specific scientific research, controlling the environment you are in is paramount to consistent and reliable results and manufacturing.

The modern cleanroom was invented by American physicist Willis Whitfield. Whitfield designed his cleanroom with a constant, highly filtered air flow to flush out impurities. Within a few years of its invention in the 1960s, Whitfield’s modern cleanroom spawned a revolution in high tech manufacturing.

Cleanrooms can be very large. Entire manufacturing facilities can be contained within a cleanroom with factory floors covering thousands of square meters. They are used extensively in semiconductor manufacturing, biotechnology, the life sciences, and other fields that are very sensitive to environmental contamination. There are also modular cleanrooms.

In the healthcare and pharmaceutical sectors, control of microorganisms is important, especially microorganisms likely to be deposited into the air stream from skin shedding.

How do you keep a Cleanroom clean?

Besides regular cleanroom cleaning and maintenance, once a cleanroom is established, personnel must wear special apparel when entering the cleanroom, in order to maintain its particle levels and not generate more particles.

What do you wear in a Cleanroom?

Disposable cleanroom apparel is a popular choice because you don’t have to launder the clothing, you can just toss it out and use a fresh new set, saving time and money.

Disposable Coveralls

Disposable Coveralls help provide overall protection from chemicals and particles in cleanrooms, laboratories, production environments, and more. They also greatly reduce particles generated from skin shedding and personal clothing.

Disposable Coveralls come with attached hood and boot configurations lending themselves to Cleanroom uses, offering more complete covering and protection.

Cleanroom Gloves

Wearing disposable gloves in cleanrooms are required to prevent contamination. Special Cleanroom Gloves are clean-processed and designed to meet the demands of pharmaceutical, medical device, and biotech manufacturers in controlled environments, as well as professionals in lab environments. Cleanroom Gloves are designed to protect both the personnel and the products being made/handled. Wearing Cleanroom Gloves minimizes sub-micron particle contamination of the product or process from the operator’s hands.

Cleanroom Gloves serve a critical function inside a cleanroom or controlled-environment ensuring product quality and safety.

Disposable Shoe Covers & Disposable Boot Covers

Keeps floors clean and safe and prevents tracking dirt and particles into the cleanroom. Wearing shoe covers are essential to maintaining a cleanroom environment.

Cleanroom Face Masks

People are a significant source of contamination in Cleanrooms. Having the right mask for the job, can make a critical difference. Cleanroom Face Masks are used in many different industries and controlled environments, including laboratories, research facilities, aerospace, and semiconductor industries.

Cleanroom Face Masks provide comfort with excellent filtration to avoid contamination in Cleanrooms. Cleanroom Face Masks are engineered for protection against the entry of particulates into a cleanroom or other controlled environments.

Disposable Bouffants & Beard Covers

Disposable Bouffant Caps are worn on the head to provide defense against contamination from hair while remaining comfortable to wear. Bouffant Caps are light weight, strong, durable, and non-linting caps. Keeps hair out of your eyes and out of your work area. These tear resistant bouffant caps are ideal for clean rooms and other sensitive environments.

Disposable Beard Covers are necessary items to have in stock in plants, manufacturing, etc. and are often required by the FDA. After use, employees can simply throw them away. Made of lightweight polypropylene beard covers are comfortable and cool enough for employees to wear all day.

Adhesive Mats in Cleanrooms

Adhesive mats are also used in Cleanrooms. While not an apparel item, adhesive mats play a vital role. Placed on the floor at traffic entrances and exits, this adhesive film instantly captures dirt and particles from the bottom of shoes and equipment wheels, helping to keep the floors clean and maintain the clean environment.

With the right disposable apparel from head to toe, you can prevent contamination in your cleanroom and clean environments and keep your cleanroom operating at the right state, guaranteeing reliable performance for your applications or testing.

If you have questions about cleanroom disposable apparel, feel free to give us a call at 800-899-1255 or email us at info@harmonycr.com.

 

If You Run A Cleanroom, Here’s How Harmony Fits In

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Cleanroom Supplies from Harmony

At Harmony Business Supplies we know that cleanrooms require special attention and products when it comes to maintaining the operation of your controlled environment. If you run or manage a cleanroom, we offer great products designed just for use in cleanrooms of all types.

Disposable Apparel for Cleanrooms

Many cleanroom operations are moving to disposable apparel instead of resource heavy laundered apparel. Disposable apparel eliminates laundering costs and maintenance and still provides comfortable and reliable protection. Harmony supplies cleanroom face masks, cleanroom isolation gowns, lab coats & frocks, coveralls, and shoe covers that are all disposable, easy to use, and reliable.

Cleanroom Disposable Gloves

Available in assorted materials, our selection of Cleanroom Gloves are fit for any cleanroom job. 9-12 inches long cleanroom gloves in nitrile or latex and in assorted colors, you’re sure to find the disposable glove for your cleanroom needs. Our Cleanroom Gloves are also available in sterile or non-sterile. Leading brands of cleanroom gloves such as V-Clean, TechniGlove, and Cranberry, at lower prices.

Adhesive Mats For Cleanrooms

Adhesive Mats and Rollers for Cleanrooms are essential in controlling dust and dirt in cleanroom and other controlled environments. Harmony Business Supplies offers cleanroom mops, adhesive roller film, adhesive roller handles, and adhesive mats for cleanrooms in assorted sizes. Stop dirt in its tracks with our Adhesive Mats!

Cleanroom Documentation

Office Supplies and documentation are different for Cleanrooms and clean environments. Our specially designed cleanroom notebooks and cleanroom paper are coated and impregnated with a polymer. This coating keeps the paper from generating particles and contaminating the cleanroom. If you need a latex coating we have these products as well. Keep your area clean with our selection of cleanroom documentation, cleanroom paper, and cleanroom pens designed just for Cleanrooms.

Swabs for Cleanrooms

Swabs and Applicators in the Cleanroom are often required tools. Make sure you only get the highest quality swabs for work in cleanrooms. Harmony’s selection of cleanroom swabs are from top brands like Chemtronics, Huby, Puritan and TekniSwab to ensure quality, performance, and reliability. We have many different swab materials to choose for controlled environments including knitted polyester swabs, microfiber swabs, foam swabs, ESD swabs and cotton swabs in a wide assortment of sizes.

Cleanroom Polyethylene Tape

Polyethylene Tape for cleanrooms are used to seal and label safely in a controlled environment. Low Particulate, contaminant free tape wound on a clean plastic core and individually packaged in heat sealed bags in Class 100 environment. Polyethylene Cleanroom Tape has less particulates and higher adhesion than vinyl tapes and leaves no residue when removed.

Cleanroom Wipers

High Quallity Wipers are a must in Cleanrooms! We offer only top quality cleanroom wipers with features that our customers care about. Whether you need cleanroom wipes in materials like polyester, microfiber, or poly/cellulose, we have what you need for the job. Pre-saturated alcohol wipes are also extremely handy in cleanrooms. Shop our assortment of quality cleanroom wipes and save with our competitive prices.

If you need cleanroom supplies, we can help.

Contact us today (800-899-1255) for even more information on finding the products you need for your cleanroom or controlled environment.

Back From The 2016 National Safety Council Expo

2016 National Safety Council Expo

Jeff dropped by the World’s Largest Annual Safety Exhibit in Anaheim, CA earlier this week to find the best new safety products for our customers. He scouted more than 1,000 exhibitors showcasing new and innovative safety products across 200,000 sq ft.!

In the coming weeks we will be introducing new safety products straight from leading industry manufacturers to you!

Here’s a sneak-peek at what’s coming.

High Visibility Garments

Being seen is critical for worker safety, especially in equipment and vehicle work, and low light environments. We’re expanding our Highly Visible Safety Garments including jackets, hoodies, pants, rain gear & more.

Keystone Disposable Coveralls

New Keystone Microporous Coveralls are 40% thicker and 40% less than Tyvek Coveralls! Saving you money and providing extra performance.

Disposable Black Shoe Covers

Hard to find black protective shoe covers will be available from Harmony! These shoe covers look professional for industry work and contractors and are a breathable, cloth-like material. Protects carpets and floors, and fits over work boots!

Disposable High Visibility Gloves

Great for food processing plants.  The diamond grip surface for sure handling in wet conditions.  Bright orange gloves can be easily seen for compliance and the extra-thick 8 mil glove won’t shred.

All in all, a productive show for Harmony.