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I work at this place that has a lot of weird electronics lying around and questionable safety practices. I have this problem where, especially when I'm in one of the rooms where someone's actually working on electronics, I keep getting static shocks when I touch things. This has gotten really bad lately-- today it was happening even when i touched stuff that doesn't conduct any electricity, like plastic or wood.
I don't think this is actually a safety hazard, but this is really starting to bother me-- it hurts, and I don't really know what's going on. I don't know barely ANYTHING about electronics or electricity (I'm a software person) and I'm trying to figure out what's going on, if I need to be worried, and what to do about it.
When these static shocks happen-- what exactly is the cause? How does this stuff work? Is it that I've built up an electric charge, or that the thing I touched had built up an electric charge, or could it be either? And what do I do about it? Is there something I can do to get rid of charge from either myself or something I'm about to touch without it hurting, or something unobtrusive I can do to insulate myself from whatever it is I'm touching so if one of us has built up a charge, it won't hurt me?
Physics/EE understanding people please help thanks so much.