PDC 904: Electric Arc Protection Today and in the Future – NEW!

Mikhail Golovkov Lead Instructor
North Wales, PA 
United States of America
Thu, 6/4: 8:00 AM  - 12:00 PM 
Professional Development Course 
Georgia World Congress Center - Building B 
Room: B216 
CM Credit Hours: 3.5 


The electric arc can cause serious worker injuries including thermal burns. Introduction of fire retardant (FR) and arc rated (AR) personal protective equipment (PPE) for electrical workers has changed the dynamic of electric arc burn fatalities and life changing injuries by eliminating clothing ignition. The next goal in electric arc protection is to reduce nonfatal skin burn injuries through the knowledge of: a) different electric arc types and their properties; b) PPE thermal behavior; c) variability of materials' protective properties with changing electric arc parameters; d) standardization of work place electric arc safety, testing of materials and PPE, and specifications for arc rated PPE; and e) collection and analysis of accurate comprehensive electric arc incidents data. Based on research results and actual electric arc field incidents, the course topics will include new understanding of: 1) electric arc hazards; 2) properties and types of electric arc; 3) hazards specific to each type of arc; 4) PPE properties in different types of arc; 5) limitations of current arc rating system; and 6) myths and realities in electric arc properties and protection. Most of these topics are not yet reflected in electric safety standards.

*Please note: Only participants registering for two (2) half-day PDCs on the same day will receive a box lunch.

**Please note: power strips will not be provided at each attendee's seat; however, charging stations for laptops will be provided in each course room.

Course Outline

• Introduction
• Types of Electric Arc
• Arc Testing and Arc Rating
• Myths and Realities in Electric Arc Properties and Protection
• Standardization in North America and Europe/International
• Electric Arc Incidents Statistics 

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, the participant will be able to:

• Classify the different types of electric arc in electrical equipment.
• Enhance electric safety programs based on new knowledge of electric arc properties.
• Explain gaps in standardization related to electric arc protection.
• Distinguish between myths and realities in electric arc phenomenon and protection.
• Pre-plan energized work based on projected type of electric arc in addition to electric safety standards. 

Value Added

Participants will obtain knowledge of electric arc protection that is not in the standards and enhance their electrical safety program. 

Course Level


Learning Aids


Learning Level(s)



Protective Clothing and Equipment/Respiratory Protection
Safety Management

Transfer of Knowledge

Post course test