Q: What is ESD? A: Electrostatic discharge (ESD) is the sudden flow of electricity between two objects caused by contact. One of the causes for ESD is static electricity. Familiar examples of ESD include the shock we receive when we walk across a carpet and touch a metal doorknob, and the static electricity we feel in winter from certain clothing. The threat of ESD looms everywhere in electronic work areas – floors, chairs, work surfaces, packaging materials, plastics and papers, these all give rise to static electricity… (more)