Where to Obtain ESD Control Information

To obtain technical information and guidance on ESD control, there are a number of sources, many available at no charge.

The ESD Association sells most of their documents, but a number are available as complimentary downloads.  Per ANSI/ESD S20.20, Compliance Verification of ESD Protected Area’s (EPA) ESD control items is to be per ESD TR53; ANSI/ESD S20.20 and Compliance Verification ESD TR53 are available as complimentary downloads from http://www.ESDA.org.

– Click “Standards”
– Then “Documents” and scroll down.
– You can open and then save as a .pdf to your computer hard drive.

Also available as complimentary downloads are the Packaging standard ANSI/ESD S541 and the Glossary of Terms ADV1.0 among others.

ANSI/ESD S20.20 ESD Control Plan
This standard provides administrative and technical requirements for establishing, implementing, and maintaining an ESD Control Program. It provides a lot of flexibility. For example, it doesn’t require that you use table mats. However, it specifies the required limits if you do use worksurface mats.

ANSI/ESD S541 ESD Packaging
This standard describes the packaging material properties needed to protect electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitive electronic items, and references the testing methods for evaluating packaging and packaging materials for those properties.

ESD TR53 Compliance Verification of ESD Protective Equipment and Materials
This technical report describes the test methods and instrumentation that can be used to periodically verify the performance of ESD protective equipment and materials. It also includes troubleshooting tips.

ADV1.0 Glossary of Terms
Definitions and explanations of various terms used in Association Standards and documents are covered in this Advisory. It also includes other terms commonly used in the electronics industry.

ESD TR 20.20 ESD Handbook (Companion to ANSI/ESD S20.20)
Produced specifically to support ANSI/ESD S20.20 ESD Control Program standard. It focuses on providing guidance that can be used for developing, implementing, and monitoring an ESD control program in accordance with the S20.20 standard. The TR20.20 is an excellent source of ESD control information. It is 132 pages long and sold by the ESD Association either as a paper version or a .pdf version. For ESD Association members, the price is $225.00 or $175.00 for the .pdf version. Pricing is $275.00 and $225.00 respectively for non-members.

The ESD Handbook would be the best educational tool for an overall review of ESD control. It can be purchased on the ESD Association website http://www.ESDA.org.

Desco also has some published articles and other information on our website that is interesting and informative – .http://Desco.DescoIndustries.com/Technical.aspx

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