Antistatic and ESD safety shoes are both conducting safety shoes. This means they provide some levels of isolation, while their main purpose is to protect against static electricity. They do this by sending (conducting) the static electricity out of the safety shoes to the ground, preventing a static shock, charge or spark.
Conducting safety shoes are worn in industries in which a static shock is problematic or could trigger a fire or explosion and are not the same as isolating safety shoes, like EH-rated safety shoes, which protect you from completing an electrical circuit to the ground.
If you work with electricity, you’ll definitely get exposed to electricity at some point. That’s why you’ll need to wear safety shoes with an electrical resistance that prevents too much electricity from passing through your body. Be smart enough to keep yourself safe and the devices you work with unharmed.
Anti-static safety shoes have an electrical resistance between 0.1 and 1000 Megaohm (MΩ). A value that fluctuates between good protection from electrical shocks and sufficient dissipative capacity.
ESD (or Electrostatic Discharge) safety shoes on the other hand, have an electrical resistance between 0.1 and 100 (MΩ). Thus, they guarantee a low electrical resistance in order to prevent the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact.
At paulvic safety store our antistatic safety shoes have a solid electrical resistance and reduce static electric charges.
At paulvic safety store our ESD safety shoes prevent strong, uncontrolled electrostatic discharges.