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Frequently Asked Questions - Electrostatic Discharge Sensitive Labels

All unit packs and intermediate and exterior contains of ESD sensitive devices (or other electronic items that are alone or are part of assemblies) that are susceptible to damage from ESD shall be marked in accordance with MIL-STD-129, paragraphs 5.2.20.1, 5.2.20.2, and Figure 37. Listed below are the different types of ESD labels required:

  • There are two diffent types of ESD labels for specific types of containers.

    1. Unit Pack Symbol/Label:   All unit packs shall be marked with the ESD sensitive device attention label prescribed by ASTM D 5445. The label shall include the ESD sensitive device symbol (triangle and reaching hand), the words "ATTENTION STATIC SENSITIVE DEVICES " and the statement "HANDLE ONLY AT STATIC SAFE WORK STATIONS. " The symbol and lettering on the lable shall be marked in black on a yellow background. Unit packs that are not overpacked and are used as exterior containers shall be marked with the unit pack label.
      [REFERENCE: MIL-STD-129P, paragraph 5.2.20.1 and Figure 37]

    2. Illustration of an ESD label for Intermediate and Exterior containers Intermediate and Exterior Container Label:   Intermediate and exterior containers shall be marked with the ESD sensitive devices attention label. The ESD sensitive devices symbol and the words "ATTENTION OBSERVE PRECAUTIONS FOR HANDLING ELECTROSTATIC DISCHARGE SENSITIVE DEVICES " shall be marked in black on a yellow background. One 2-inch by 2-inch label shall be placed on the identification-marked side of an intermediate container.

      Two 2-inch by 2-inch labels shall be placed on each exterior container that exceeds one-half cubic foot. One label shall be placed on the identification-marked side (or surface), and one label shall be placed on the opposite side (or surface).

      If the label is temporarily unavailable, intermediate and and exterior containers shall be marked with ESD sensitive devices symbol and the information printed on the label in figure 11. The minimum size of the symbol shall be five-eigths of an inch measured vertically at the base of the triangle. When preprinted labels are not used, the symbol shall be printed in black or the same color as the identification markings, if other than black.
      [REFERENCE: MIL-STD-129P, paragraph 5.2.20.2 and Figure 37]

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