Arc Flash Application, Mitigation and Electrical Safety

Online /
Oct 12, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-1045-ONL22

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 1 day on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
10:00 am to 4:15 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify electrical hazards
  • Determine causes of arc flash
  • Explain the biological effects of electrical shock/arc flash
  • Select appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for applicable situations
  • Become knowledgeable about the hazards and risks associated with arc flash
  • Demonstrate safe work practices

Electrical power is a dangerous force that requires proper understanding in the workplace. This course will teach you to assess arc flash hazards and act to mitigate them by selecting appropriate PPE and determining protection boundaries using new IEEE 1584-2018. You will also learn how to use the new CSA Z462-2018 and the calculation methods to determine protection boundaries.

This course also provides some of the key requirements necessary to become a “qualified” person as defined in CSA-Z462®, such as: Determining minimum approach distances; being capable of using special precautionary techniques, PPE, insulating and shielding materials, and insulated tools; and receiving safety training to recognize and avoid hazards

Course Outline:

  • Electrical hazards
  • Existing electrical safety standards
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Determining safe approach distance
  • Fault current calculation
  • Flash protection boundary calculation
  • Arc flash hazard analysis
  • Practical solution to reducing arc flash
  • Case study using computer analysis software

Who Should Attend
Electrical Engineers • Design Engineers • Electrical Engineering Managers • Project Managers • EHS Specialists • Maintenance Managers • Consultants • Technologists responsible for the Design, Construction, Installation, Inspection, Operation or Maintenance of Electrical Systems

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Time: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Eastern Time

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Electrical Power System overview
Short Circuit Analysis
Protective Devices Coordination and Time Current Curves (TCCs)

Electrical Hazards

  • Define Electrical Safety-related terms
  • Identify leading causes of Electrical Accidents
  • Solve basic electrical problems using Ohms’ law
  • Explain the effects of current on the body
  • Identify Arc Flash and Arc-Blast hazards

Existing Electrical Safety Standards

  • CSA Z462-2021
  • IEEE 1584-2018


  • Arcing Faults vs. Bolted Faults
  • Effect of Current on Overcurrent Device Clearing Time
  • Time Current Curves
  • Short Circuit Current
  • Current Limitation
  • Effect of Transformer Size and Source Strength


  • Shock and Arc Flash Hazard Analysis
  • Creating Energized Work Permits
  • Electrically Safe Working Conditions

Personal Protective Equipment

  • PPE based on electrical safety standards
  • Select the PPE based on a Hazard/Risk Category identified in CSA Z462-21 Tables

Determining Safe Approach Distance

  • Definitions of Boundaries
  • Limits of Approach
  • Shock Hazard Analysis
  • Shock Protection Boundaries
  • Understanding and Applying CSA Z462 Tables
  • Limited Approach Boundary
  • Restricted Approach Boundary
  • Arc Flash Boundary Calculation
  • Determining Hazard Risk Category

Arc Flash Hazard Analysis

  • Comparing IEEE 1584 versions (2002 versus 2018)
  • Steps to perform arc flash analysis using new IEEE 1584 standard
  • Using calculated incident energy to determine PPE requirements
  • Comparing calculations to CSA Z462 Tables
  • Simplifying the PPE Selection
  • List the contents contained on an Arc Flash Label.


  • V-I Characteristics
  • DC Arc Resistance Calculations
  • DC Incident Energy Calculations

Practical Solution to Reducing Arc Flash

  • Power System Upgrades
  • Arc Resistant Switchgear
  • Circuit Breaker Retrofitting
  • Remote Breaker Racking
  • Regular Maintenance and Testing

Case Study Using Computer Analysis Software


Khaled Akida, P.Eng., MBA, M.Sc.

Khaled is a registered professional engineer and general manager of TEEBA Engineering Inc. He has extensive experience in substation design, power system studies, power quality audits, EMF and grounding design, field testing and EHS program settings.

Khaled received his M.Sc. from The University of New Brunswick and his MBA from Laurier School of Business. He has managed and executed various electrical engineering projects for major electrical, industrial and commercial facilities in Canada and the US.

He has various IEEE publications, is a technical reviewer for many IEEE journals and is a certified electrical safety trainer for GE. Khaled has been the recipient of GE Management Award and has many leadership certifications from GE Leadership Development Centre at Crotonville.

As a certified electrical safety trainer by GE Corporate, Khaled has taught many technical courses across Canada, USA, Asia and Middle East to industrial customers, electrical consultants and electrical utilities customers.

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

  • 0.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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