You will probably have come across these ESD Symbols before, but do you know what each of them are for? No? Read on!
The ESD Susceptibility Symbol is the most well-known symbol, it consists of a yellow background with a black triangle, and within the triangle is a yellow hand reaching to pick something up – the hand has been crossed out. It is intended to identify devices and assemblies that are susceptible to ESD.
The ESD Susceptibility Symbol is used as follows:
The colour is optional except per ANSI/ESD S8.1 “the color red shall not be used because it suggests a hazard to personnel.” The preferred colour is a yellow hand and slash on a black triangle.
Just like the ESD Susceptibility Symbol, the ESD Protective Symbol has a reaching hand in a triangle. However, note the arc and missing slash through the triangle! Because of these differences, it has a very different meaning. This symbol should be on ESD protective products identifying a specialty product that has at least one ESD control property. The ESD Protective Symbol is also called the ESD Packaging Symbol.
If a letter is under the triangle, it should identify the most important ESD control property, per IEC 61340-5-3:2015:
The ESD Protective Symbol may be used to identify items that possess at least one ESD control property:
The colour is optional except per ANSI/ESD S8.1 “the color red shall not be used because it suggests a hazard to personnel.” The preferred colour is a yellow hand and a slash on a black triangle; the arc should be black.
These two symbols identify where all ESD elements at an ESD workstation should be connected. There is a newer and historical symbol; they are very different but basically have the same meaning:
Both symbols should include text identification.
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IEC 61340-5-3:2015 – Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena – Properties and requirements classification for packaging intended for electrostatic discharge sensitive devices
IEC TR 61340-5-2:2018 – Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena – User guide
ANSI/ESD S8.1-2017 – For the Protection of Electrostatic Discharge Susceptible Items – Symbols – ESD Awareness