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    Utilities and industrial companies are mandated by various regulations and safety organizations to conduct arc hazard analysis for the selection of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). There are numerous standards and computation methods available for arc analysis, however, each of these has its limitations and advantages. Referencing case studies based on specific projects, this course provides engineering detail on the arc computation methods and helps attendees use the appropriate tool for their application.

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    Course Outline

    Arc Hazard Defined and Standard Terminology

    • Arch Hazard - pressure, thermal radiation, sound levels and arc blast
    • The terms you need to know

    Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) - Types, Tests and Categories

    • Types: Flame Resistant (FR) and Ignitable
    • ASTM tests
    • NFPA Categories zero to four

    Arc Hazard Standards

    • NFPA 70E
    • IEEE 1584
    • NESC C2-2007
    • Equations, methods and applications


    • Model
    • Methodology
    • Application

    Specific Applications

    • Transmission and Distribution
    • Generation Plant equipment
    • Industrial and Commercial

    Case Studies – Steps and Examples

    Note: presented throughout the course
    • Transmission and Distribution
    • Generation Plant equipment
    • Industrial and Commercial

    Arc Hazard Mitigation

    • Reducing arc hazards
    • Mitigation methods and equipment
    This course recognizes the contributions and collaboration of expert members of the Kinectrics Arc Hazard Team and the E-Hazard Organization www.e-hazard.com

    Who Should Attend

    This course is designed for:

    • Consulting, utility and industrial engineers responsible for arc hazard analysis in the selection of protective equipment and clothing
    • Safety officers and program managers
    • Procurement staff who need an in depth understanding of arc hazard assessment and analysis​

    Key Benefits

    Gain an understanding of:

    • The fundamental technical basis for existing arc hazard analysis techniques
    • Standards such as NFPA 70E, IEEE 1584, NESC C2-2007
    • The use of software such as ARCPRO™ for arc assessment
    • Tour and demonstration of the Kinectrics High Current lab in which the majority of commercial Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been certified
    • Video presentations
    • Tour of Kinectrics High Current and High Voltage Labs​


    • Kenneth Cheng

      ​Kenneth Cheng, M. Eng. is the Lead Arc Flash Hazard engineer and has conducted thousands of arc flash computations.

    • Stephen Cress P.Eng

      Stephen Cress is the Manager of Kinectrics’ Transmission & Distribution Departments. He is an authority and recognized expert in arc hazard analysis and a co-developer of the ARCPRO™ software application.​

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    Training Locations

    • Head Office

      800 Kipling Ave., Unit 2
      Toronto, Ontario, M8Z 5G5




    • Pickering

      940 Brock Road, Unit 11
      Pickering, Ontario, L1W 2A1




    • Cincinnati

      7251 E. Kemper Road,
      Cincinnati, Ohio, 45249



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