How to prevent plastic roll static shocks?
September 25, 2008 1:33 PM Subscribe
How can I ground a large roll of plastic wrap to prevent static electric shocks when unrolling it?
posted by attercoppe to Grab Bag (7 answers total)
At my place of work (a spa) we have a large roll of plastic, perforated into sheets that are used in some treatments. Every time a sheet is unrolled and torn off, the person doing so gets a good shock from the static electricity. Is there any way to prevent these shocks?
The plastic is wrapped around a cardboard tube, which is strung on a wooden dowel. The dowel sits into a painted metal frame which is mounted on a wood trim piece in the staff room. It's high up, so the girls stand on a metal-framed stepladder with plastic steps and with plastic feet on one side, a metal bar on the other. The ladder sits on the carpeted floor while it's used. We're up in the mountains at about 9000 feet above sea level, a very dry climate, which seems to contribute, especially during cold weather.
The whole apparatus is pretty close to plumbing and electrical boxes, conduits etc, if that helps for grounding points.