An ESD mat, also known as an electrostatic discharge mat, is a special type of mat designed to protect sensitive electronic equipment from electrostatic discharge (ESD). When working on electronic devices or components, it’s important to prevent static electricity from building up and discharging through the device, which can damage or even destroy it.

ESD mats are made from materials that are conductive or dissipative, such as rubber or vinyl, and are typically grounded using a grounding cord to a suitable earth ground. They can be used on workbenches or floors to create a static-safe work environment and provide a path for static charges to safely dissipate.