- EN 61340-5-1 requires that all conductors, including personnel, must be electrically connected and attached to a known ground.
- Per EN 61340-5-1, the ESD control program can in no way replace or supercede and requirements for personnel safety. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and other safety protection should be considered wherever personnel might come into contact with electrical sources.
- All electrical circuits at an ESD protected workstation, especially those used as the tie-in point to the utility ground, should be verified for proper wiring configuration, ground impedance and GFCI function when the station is installed and periodically thereafter.
- The selection of ground cords is intimately related to the material selected for an ESD protected work area, personnel safety, and the products’ relationship to the organization’s material handling procedures. It is important for a user to be familiar with their oganization’s grounding specifications and ESD control procedures prior to selecting ground cords.