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Instead of grounding myself with a bracelet, can I wear rubber gloves? Will this prevent any equipment I touch from getting shocked?

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    \$\begingroup\$ How certain are you that the rubber can't carry a charge? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 10, 2014 at 23:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ Maybe if they are nice thick gloves. But dude, why not just ground yourself? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 1:08
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    \$\begingroup\$ The rubber gloves might help in picking up a charge ;-) \$\endgroup\$
    – EvertW
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 8:29
  • \$\begingroup\$ I know that rubber shoes do! \$\endgroup\$
    – EvertW
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 8:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Rubber will make things worse. Rubber is isolating, so able to build up a charge (as it doesn't dissipate). \$\endgroup\$
    – RJR
    Commented Nov 11, 2014 at 9:03

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The best way to prevent static shocks is not to try to prevent static discharge, but to ensure safe discharge. Otherwise the charge will just continue to build up until it finds some (unwanted) way of discharging.

Many labs ensure this by using shoes with conductive soles, and a floor that conducts to ground (no pun intended).

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Keeping a healthy relative humidity in your workspace will eliminate the issue. In mid-winter in New Hampshire, a consumer-grade humidifier keeps our 900+ sq-ft space at 33% RH or more, and I haven't zapped a part yet.

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