ESD control program plan requirements: training and compliance verification auditing. Per ANSI/ESD S20.20 and IEC 61340-5-1, the written ESD control plan is to include a training plan and a compliance verification plan.
Basic static control procedures and materials that will become part of your ESD control program.
Fundamentals of Electrostatic Discharge – Part Two: Principles of ESD Control – ESD Control Program Development
Basic principles of Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) control and ESD control program development.
To many people, Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) is only experienced as a shock when touching a metal doorknob after walking across a carpeted floor or after sliding across a car seat. However, static electricity and ESD has been a serious industrial problem for centuries. As early as the 1400s, European and Caribbean military forts were using static control procedures and devices trying to prevent inadvertent electrostatic discharge ignition of gunpowder stores.
In Part 2 of this series we indicated that a key element in a successful static control program was the identification of those items (components, assemblies and finished products) that are sensitive to ESD and the level of their sensitivity. Damage to an ESDS device by the ESD event is determined by the device’s ability to dissipate the energy of the discharge or withstand the current levels involved. This is known as device “ESD sensitivity” or “ESD susceptibility.”
Your static control program is up and running. How do you determine whether it is effective? How do you make sure your employees follow it? In Part 3, we suggested that there were at least nine critical elements to successfully developing and implementing an effective ESD control program. In Part 4, we will focus on two more of these elements: training and auditing.