What are you breathing from your anti static flooring?
Most buyers carefully analyze static control properties like ohms resistance, static generation and kV ratings along with the special maintenance requirements associated with ESD and anti static flooring tiles and coatings. These are certainly key attributes of any flooring material designated for technology workspaces like data centers or electronics manufacturing. But in the attempt to find the highest performing but best value option, buyers often overlook environmental liabilities of flooring. Specifically, they fail to notice whether a given flooring material might be produced with compounds that could affect employee health in the workplace.
What good is low cost high performing conductive floor if it emits chemicals that adversely affect the health of occupants in the building?
According to the EPA, "the term ‘Sick Building Syndrome' (SBS) is used to describe situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear to be linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified. The complaints may be localized in a particular room or zone, or may be widespread throughout the building."
"In contrast," reports the EPA, "the term ‘Building Related Illness' (BRI) is used when symptoms of diagnosable illness are identified and can be attributed directly to airborne building contaminants."
One of the contributors to SBS is VOCs found in various flooring materials. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds, read the full definition here. VOCs are often found in offshore sourced conductive tile. Offshore tile is often less expensive than domestic produced tile. The lower cost comes at a price; these tiles are produced less expensively than domestic tiles through the use of fillers; fillers emit VOCs.
Analysis used to test Staticworx Ameriworx ESD Vinyl tile found no VOC or REL emissions.
What tests expose risks?
California 1350 is the industry standard specification designed to improve indoor air quality. Learn more about the standard practice for the testing of volatile organic emission here.