Arc Flash Research Project

A collaborative effort between IEEE and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).



Each year, 2000 workers are admitted to burn centers for extended injury treatment caused by arc flash. Arc flash is an electric current that is passed through the air when insulation or isolation between electrified conductors is not sufficient to withstand the applied voltage. The flash is immediate, but the results can cause severe injury.

IEEE and NFPA both recognize that the significant threat posed by arc flash hazards and have joined forces on an initiative to fund and support research and testing to increase the industry and public awareness of arc flash. The research produced through our collaboration will help improve electrical safety standards, predict the hazards associated with arching faults and accompanying arc blasts, and provide practical safeguards for employees in the workplace.


IEEE and NFPA are asking for your support to help fund arc flash research. The combined effort to identify, understand, and learn how to mitigate or protect employees in the workplace against the potential "electrical arc flash hazards" is estimated to cost $6-$7 million (US).


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IEEE/IAS Electrical Safety Update (PDF)
Presentation with a comprehensive overview of Arc Flash activities and focus
IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Phenomena Collaborative Research Project Update (PDF)
Highlights the activities of the collaborative research project