How to reduce static current in commercial buildings?

//How to reduce static current in commercial buildings?

Static electricity problem in your commercial office or store can be damn annoying. If it has taken a toll on your life by costing your business, here’s how and what can be done about it.

How static happens and what conditions make it worse?

Every time you walk across a synthetic office carpet, you’re at risk of getting shocked by the static current. Wearing synthetic soled shoes act as an insulator, preventing discharge of the electricity and causing it to build up in your body. Walking on the carpet creates friction increasing the charge even more. If your building has low relative humidity, the electrostatic charge increases more rapidly because even the air acts as an insulator. Which means your body can accumulate as much as 20,000 volts of charge. Then you touch a grounded metal object, such as door handle, elevator button, railing or metal equipment, and you get a painful shock.

Static electricity is more than unpleasant


Static electricity shocks are more harmful than annoying. The problem of static electricity in commercial offices and stores contributes to disorder amongst staff and workers. In retail establishments, for example, it can result in customer complaints, sometimes resulting in litigation. Static electricity can also cause chaos by interfering with computer systems and electronic point of sales (EPOS) equipment. It can even constitute a fire or explosion risk in settings where flammable chemicals are used.

What you CAN’T do about it

Synthetic flooring or synthetic soled shoes will cause static electricity. But most modern commercial flooring is insulating building materials such as vinyl, ceramic tile, resin and synthetic fiber carpeting. Even if you’re the building owner, you probably can’t afford to replace the entire flooring with wood or natural fibre carpet just to avoid static electricity.

Even on wooden floors, people wearing synthetic-soled shoes will still get shocks. And going barefoot is not an alternative. You can recommend that people wear leather shoes, but not all the people can do that, and you definitely can’t ask your customers to wear specific shoes. So what’s the solution?

What you CAN do to increase humidification?

Static current issues are prevalent in packaging, printing, paper, plastics, textiles, electronics, automotive manufacturing, and pharmaceutical industries. Friction can produce static buildup and sparks when humidity is below 45% relative humidity (RH). Humidity above 55% RH safeguards against static build up. Keeping the humidity levels in check can remarkably lessen static electricity issues. Humidity makes the atmosphere more conductive and prevents the buildup of electric charge.

Modern industrial businesses need humidification systems to eliminate static electricity buildup by modulating moisture levels for safe operation. Industrial equipment is expensive, worker safety is vital, and quality control for manufacturing processes is key for efficient production.

Taking control of Static Electricity with a Humidifier

Static electricity can cause severe harm to not only people but also equipment. Using commercial & industrial humidifiers in these industries ensure that employees work in a more comfortable and safe environment. The humidifiers provide the amount of moisture that is required in the warm air to decrease the possibility of static electricity buildup. At Vacker Global, we have innovations available in our humidifiers to eliminate this static issue forever. We use leading technology in the humidification industry today. What possibly stops you from investing in humidifiers is the possible maintenance costs. With our products, you get superior energy efficiency, which saves your money. A Vacker Global expert can help recommend the right unit for your needs. Vacker Global humidification systems meet the specialized needs of different industries. With Vacker Global humidification systems, you’re in control.

Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) EQUIPMENT

The following equipment are useful for reducing the effects of Electrostatic discharge

  • ESD Workbenches
  • ESD Furniture
  • ESD Chairs
  • ESD Floor
  • ESD Storage
  • ESD Garments
  • ESD Cleaning
  • ESD Table Mats
  • ESD Bags and Tapes
  • ESD Ionization Equipment
  • Esd Dessicant Dry Cabinet
  • ESD Tweezers & Pliers
  • ESD Personal Grounding
  • ESD Test&Measuring Equipment


  • Flooring (Matting & Marking)
  • Matting
  • Safety & Floor Markings
  • ESD Floor