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Canada Arc Flash Safety

Online Training Certification Course

CSA Z462-18

From the highest rated and most trusted online training company - since 2008.

Electrical work presents a variety of specialized safety considerations, and arc flash events are some of the most dangerous. An arc flash event releases energy that superheats the air and any nearby components, causing serious injuries or death from burns, electrical shock, and flying shrapnel.

This arc flash online training course describes the dangers of arc flash events and presents common methods to reduce these hazards. It will cover basic electrical concepts, including typical causes of arc flash, best practices for proper work procedures, equipment approach regulations, and personal protective equipment guidelines.

This course is for:
Anyone who works with or around electrical hazards must receive safety training. This includes, but is not limited to, employees who work on or near equipment at risk for arc flash.

This online training course meets the requirements set forth by Canada's Occupational Health and Safety Regulations.

Available languages: 100+ languages - translation provided by Google Translate (Select Language bottom of page)

Case Study: In 2012, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Services Canada, Inc., was taken to court, found guilty of violating The Electrical Act, and fined $70,000 for hiring an unlicensed worker to perform electrical work. The worker was trying to remove conductors from an electrical panel when an arc flash occurred, severely injuring the worker. The company and supervisor were also charged by the Ministry of Labour for violating the Occupational Health and Safety Act after an investigation revealed that the electrical panel was not disconnected from the power source and was not locked and tagged out before the work began. The company and supervisor were fined an additional $171,000.

Key Takeaway: To avoid incidents like this one, employers must follow all regulations outlined by the appropriate authorities, including local authorities. It is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that only qualified personnel conduct electrical work and that safe work procedures are implemented.

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Governing Regulations

There are 14 jurisdictions in Canada - 1 federal, 10 provincial, and 3 territorial. Each jurisdiction has its own health and safety legislation. The Canada Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulations are the federal legislation enabled by the Canada Labour Code. Electrical safety standards are listed under Part 8. The Canadian Standards Association (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 and OHS Part 8.

OHS has also created the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 (OHS Act), which is a document that outlines workers' rights and responsibilities, including the right to stop work that is deemed hazardous or unsafe. OHS also lists the penalties and enforcement techniques to be used if these guidelines are not followed.

To supplement the overarching regulations created by OHS, individual provinces and territories often set their own regulations (in accordance with federal bodies) specific to their needs. Before implementing arc flash training, ensure that you are familiar with the regulations specific to your province or territory.

What You'll Learn

    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

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to arc flash events. According to OHS Part 8 and CSA Z462, employees working with and around equipment at risk for arc flash must receive initial and refresher arc flash training.

To ensure compliance with OHS safety training standards, safety training must be conducted at least every three years. This online certification meets these training requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

David P Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

informative course

James G Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Very informative and safety oriented course to help me work safe at the job site.

Steven G Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety


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Canada Arc Flash Safety


Tyler P Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Informative course, covering both the nature and severity of the hazard and the range of controls. Helpful references to the relevant standards.

Alireza M Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

I'd like to thank you for the course. the material was very informative.

David H Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

The course gave me an additional safety education about the danger of electricity

Gennadiy T Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety


Ben Y Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

good courses, really helpful. thank you

Marius M Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Very well put together

Leith H Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Good course Covered what I needed

Creighton B Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Good refresher training

Robson K Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Great training with many support documents help during the training and for future needs during work. Valuable contents.

Steffie W Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Hello, I thought the course was straight-forward and concise. The only recommendation I can think of is I would've liked to see animations or more interactive activities. Personally, I have a hard time learning material via reading/listening. I have to be more interactive to stay focused and alert. Otherwise, nice course and we'll likely use for other employees. Thank you, Steffie

Daniel R Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Good quick and effective course. Thank you!

Jim A Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

A lot of good information. I liked the Case studies, maybe add more, it brings home the message to the people with boots on the ground.

Ron C Verified
Canada Arc Flash Safety

Very good course, the case studies really drive home the severity of the hazards associated with electrical shock and arc flash. Thank-you.



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