A European View of Arc Flash Hazards And Electrical Safety

European White Paper
Jim Phillips, P.E & Mike Frain, FIET, MCMI
Published: December 2012

IEEE 1584TM and NFPA 70E® might have been “Made in the U.S.A.” but both of these standards have been gaining increased use in arc flash and electrical safety practices found in many other countries around the world. This global use could lead to the conclusion that electrical safety practices may also be the same in each country. Although there are similarities, many distinct differences also exist. This paper provides an overview of electrical safety practices used in countries such as the U.K., Ireland and the European Community compared to those found in the United States.