Canada Arc Flash Safety

This safety course presents an overview of measures to reduce hazards presented by arc flash events.

Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced
Course Length: 2 Hours

What you'll learn

  • Introduction to Arc Flash Safety Training
  • Basic Electrical Concepts
  • Arc Flash Hazards
  • Hazard Control Measures
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Best Practices

Course Description

This online safety course presents an overview of measures to reduce hazards presented by arc flash events. It will cover basic electrical concepts, circumstances that can present the risk of arc flashes, electrical industry safety standards, and hazard control measures when work responsibilities cause you to work on or near equipment at risk for arc flash.

The Canada OHS Arc Flash Safety course consists of content, graphics, audio, self check (non-scored) questions, and a final exam.

Course Outline

Canada Arc Flash Safety Course Outline

About This Course

Course Objectives

Introduction to Arc Flash Safety Training

  • Key Terms
  • Statistics
  • Regulations
  • Employer Responsibilities
  • Worker Responsibilities

Basic Electrical Concepts

  • Properties of Electricity
  • Units of Measurements
  • What Is an Arc Flash?
  • Typical Causes of an Arc Flash

Arc Flash Hazards

  • Electrical Shock Injuries
  • Vaporized Metal and Shrapnel
  • Concussion
  • Falls
  • Burns
  • Flash
  • Severity of Arc Flash Injuries
  • Arc Flash Incident Response
  • First Aid Considerations
  • Shock Rescue Kits

Hazard Control Measures

  • Administrative Controls Overview
  • Risk Assessment
  • Energize Electrical Work Permit
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • Individual Lockout
  • Group Lockout
  • Complex Group Lockout
  • Approach Boundaries
  • Limited and Restricted Approach Boundaries
  • Arc Flash Boundary
  • Warning Signs and Barricades
  • Engineering Controls Overview
  • Incident Energy Reduction Methods
  • Equipment Alternatives

Personal Protective Equipment

  • General Requirements
  • Clothing Material Requirements
  • Head, Neck, and Face Protection
  • Hand, Arm, and Foot Protection
  • Hearing Protection
  • Body Protection
  • PPE Requirement for Specific Hazard Levels
  • Selecting PPE
  • PPE Care
  • PPE Standards

Best Practices

  • Safety Tips
  • Electrical Safety Program
  • Education and Training


Additional Resources


Frequently Asked Questions

Who must take this training?

Employees who work on or near equipment at risk for arc flash.

How often is retraining or recertification required?

Retraining is required in at least the following situations:
(1) Where changes at the worksite present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(2) Where changes in the types of electrical equipment, or other equipment present a hazard about which an employee has not been previously trained; or
(3) Where inadequacies in an affected employee’s work involving electricity indicate that the employee has not retained the requisite proficiency.

What are the governing regulations?

Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) has a series of electrical safety standards. These standards are listed under Part 19.

The Canadian Standards Association (CSA) is the largest regulatory agency in Canada. The CSA has compiled many OHS-related standards, including the CSA Z462-18 series, which deals specifically with workplace electrical safety. It covers many of the same topics covered by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E Standards for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

Lastly, to supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS and the CSA, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before working with or around electrical hazards, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.

Navigation Strategies

Beginners: Complete the course in order from beginning to end. Once any topic is completed, you will have full access to it at any time for one year after registration, to use as a resource.

Intermediate/Advanced Users: Use the course as a flexible resource tool to find what you need, whenever you need it. Try the assessment tests first, if you get 80%+ you can move to the next level, if you get less than 80% you should complete the lecture. This gives you a pre and post-assessment score, which can be used to track your skills improvements.

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