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Clearing the Static: ESD foot and heel grounders

23 June 2021 Circuit & System Protection

Conductive foot grounders are a safe alternative to ESD shoes. Foot or heel grounders are used to ground operators standing or walking on ESD-safe floors to provide proper and reliable contact with conductive floors or mats within the ESD protected area (EPA).


Greg Barron, Actum Group director.

Altico offers a range of reversible dual rubber shoe, heel and toe grounders for effective grounding. These are longer lasting as once the one side is worn, you can just rotate them to use the other side. Shoe grounders must be worn on both shoes to maintain the integrity of the body-to-ground connection, even when one foot is lifted off the floor. ESD foot grounders are easy to install and can be used on standard shoes by placing the grounding tab in the shoe under the foot.

Any shoe grounder should not be worn in isolation, but forms part of a complete grounding system, which consists of a wrist band, cord and conductive flooring. Disposable shoe covers are also available from Altico and should be worn with a grounding tab for permanent grounding.

Features of Altico shoe grounders:

• Quick-release buckle.

• Unique elasticised rear section provides fit and comfort to all shoe types and sizes.

• Bright red heel band for clear identification.

• Reinforced black conductive rubber.

• Easy to fit and adjust to any shoe size.

• Leaves no marks.

• Large knitted ribbon contact tab with 1 MΩ resistor.

Need help choosing the right shoe grounder? Contact Altico Static Control Solutions on +27 11 608 3001 or email sales@actum.co.za. Altico is the static control division within the Actum Group that specialises in ESD solutions within the working environment.


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