Banning Crocs due to Static Electricity

  1. Crocs a fashion faux pas for doctors

    Shoes’ static electricity zapped medical equipment, Swedish hospital says

    STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A Swedish hospital wants to ban its staff from wearing Crocs plastic clogs, saying they generate static electricity that can knock out medical equipment, a spokesman said.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18233132
    Last edit by sirI on Apr 21, '07 : Reason: edit for copyright purposes
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  2. 35 Comments

  3. by   jmgrn65
    i don't wear crocs but, quarks and I have noticed that while I am at work that I am always shocking everything that I touch.
  4. by   justme1972
    I would take that "study" with a grain of salt...yeah, Crocs are made of all-rubber, but the soles are the only thing that touches the floor.

    What are nursing shoes and tennis shoes made of on the bottom?

    Rubber.
  5. by   banditrn
    Quote from Hopefull2009
    I would take that "study" with a grain of salt...yeah, Crocs are made of all-rubber, but the soles are the only thing that touches the floor.

    What are nursing shoes and tennis shoes made of on the bottom?

    Rubber.
    I agree - I've worn Crocs for a couple of years, and had no problem. I thought rubber didn't conduct electricity?
  6. by   Myxel67
    Quote from banditrn
    i agree - i've worn crocs for a couple of years, and had no problem. i thought rubber didn't conduct electricity?
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    balloons are made out of latex. if you rub an inflated balloon on your hair, it produces enough static electricity to allow the balloon to stick to the wall. just about any shoe i've ever worn has produced static electricity under the right conditions--cold dry air and walking on carpet.
  7. by   CHATSDALE
    no matter what kind of shoe when i go sams almost everytime i reach in for milk i get a shock
  8. by   bighousenurse
    i would have to agree with hopefull2009--all shoe soles are made with rubber, and that's what touches the floor on any pair of shoes. also, when the humidity is low there is more static anyway. speaking of crocs, i bought my 1st pair of quarks 4 years ago and fell in love! i tried crocs, but they are too wide at the end for my feet. i got tired of paying those big prices, so one day at payless i tried on a pair of theirs---they feel the same as the expensive ones, and are about half the price! now, i go to allheart.com and buy them up in different colors. i have no problem with them, and they wear the same as the expensive ones (rubber is rubber, after all). also another tip, make sure they have the ventilation holes in them, otherwise you'll end up with stinky feet at the end of the day, lol! :roll
  9. by   UM Review RN
    First of all, Crocs are not made of rubber. Unlike the knockoffs, they're odor and microbe-resistant. I wear them and I personally don't notice any more static electricity with them than any other shoe I've worn. Plus, I can bleach these without worrying about ruining them.



    Here's the website blurb:


    Crocs™ at Work
    Crocs™ offers specialized footwear products that support the needs of the Health Care, Hospitality, Restaurant, and Transportation industries. The stylish closed-toe designs, made from the patented Croslite™ material, are non-marking, slip-resistant, anti-microbial and odor resistant. Ergonomically certified, Crocs™ provide arch support with circulation nubs designed to stimulate your feet while you work. The Crocs™ and Croslite™ material improves the health, safety and overall well-being of the work place. Corporate purchase programs are available to provide Crocs™ specifically suited to the footwear needs of your employees.
  10. by   justme1972
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    First of all, Crocs are not made of rubber. Unlike the knockoffs, they're odor and microbe-resistant. I wear them and I personally don't notice any more static electricity with them than any other shoe I've worn. Plus, I can bleach these without worrying about ruining them.



    Here's the website blurb:


    Crocs™ at Work
    Crocs™ offers specialized footwear products that support the needs of the Health Care, Hospitality, Restaurant, and Transportation industries. The stylish closed-toe designs, made from the patented Croslite™ material, are non-marking, slip-resistant, anti-microbial and odor resistant. Ergonomically certified, Crocs™ provide arch support with circulation nubs designed to stimulate your feet while you work. The Crocs™ and Croslite™ material improves the health, safety and overall well-being of the work place. Corporate purchase programs are available to provide Crocs™ specifically suited to the footwear needs of your employees.
    I respectfully disagree. Rubber is a form of plastic. It comes in literally thousands of different forms, with even more uses. "Croslite" is the tradename that they gave to their specific type of material.

    I totally agree that unlike the knockoffs they are odor and microbe-resistent...I wouldn't doubt that for a second.

    But in the end, it's still a type of rubber.
  11. by   UM Review RN
    http://www.crocs.com/shop/customer_s...er_service.jsp

    Question: What is Croslite™?
    Croslite™, a proprietary Closed Cell Resin (PCCR) which is NOT plastic NOR rubber. Croslite™ is closed-cell in nature and anti-microbial, which virtually eliminates odor. it is an extraordinary impact absorbing resin material developed for maximum cushioning. its closed cell properties resist odor, inhibits bacterial and fungal growth and are non­toxic. this versatile material can be worn next to skin and be cleaned with just soap and water.
  12. by   justme1972
    Quote from Angie O'Plasty, RN
    http://www.crocs.com/shop/customer_s...er_service.jsp

    Question: What is Croslite™?
    Croslite™, a proprietary Closed Cell Resin (PCCR) which is NOT plastic NOR rubber. Croslite™ is closed-cell in nature and anti-microbial, which virtually eliminates odor. it is an extraordinary impact absorbing resin material developed for maximum cushioning. its closed cell properties resist odor, inhibits bacterial and fungal growth and are non­toxic. this versatile material can be worn next to skin and be cleaned with just soap and water.
    Sorry, I still disagree, there is little difference between "rubber" and a "type of rubber"...acetate, that they make clothing from, isn't quite the same thing as plastic forks or knives, but it is still a type of plastic.

    Croslite, is still a type of rubber...that is why they call it a "proprietary closed cell resin" instead of a patent.

    You can take products and chemically manipulate their function, but it doesn't change what it was to start with.
  13. by   morte
    rubber is not plastic....rubber is a natural product, (plant) plastic is made from petroleum; and acetate is made from wood fiber..'Also called cellulosics, regenerated fibers are derived from the cellulose in cotton and wood pulp. Rayon and acetate are two common regenerated fibers. '
  14. by   kukukajoo
    Thank you morte for posting that- I was going to post something along the same lines.

    Bottom line- plastic and rubber are two very different things.

    Almost anything can produce static electricity. Ever pull a sweater off over your head in the dark?

    Every single time I visit my grandmother I get zapped HARD when I touch her doorknob and again when I leave on the front doorknob- no matter what I am wearing for shoes. The carpets in the complex are the culprit and the only way I have found to avoid a big shock is to touch every brass bracket on the handrails down the hall and on the stairway- it releases the little charge so when I get to the doorknobs it has not built up to sting so much.

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