The European Arc Flash Guide

Guide Chapters

The European Arc Guidebook is broken down into 2 information chapters and 16 main chapters, you can access the chapters by following the links below (please ensure you are logged in):

These documents are subject to change. Last updated: August 8th, 2021.

Chapter 0.1: About the Author
Chapter 0.2: Introduction
Chapter 1: Purpose and Scope
Chapter 2: What is Arc Flash
Chapter 3: Risk Assessments and the Four P Guide
Chapter 4: Prediction
Chapter 5: Prevention
Chapter 6: Process
Chapter 7: Protection

The chapters beyond this point are available when you have an active (within the expiry date) existing product.

Chapter 8: Data Collection
Chapter 9: Electrical Duty Holders
Chapter 10: Service Providers and Contractors
Chapter 11: Electrical Utilities
Chapter 12: Myths and Mistakes
Chapter 13: Complex Software Guide
Chapter 14: Hazard and Severity Calculators
Chapter 15: Why do Arc Flash Calculations
Chapter 16: Rules, Codes, and Legislation

The European Arc Flash Guide

This book is essential reading for anyone responsible for designing or putting workers to task on, or near, large power electrical systems. This is especially relevant where local health and safety law uses a risk-based approach to electrical safety such as in Europe.
It is based upon a bedrock of risk management methodology using the 4Ps of Predict, Prevent, Process and Protect to ensure that arc flash hazards are systematically identified, analysed, and prevented from causing harm. Each of the 4Ps are described in detail starting with a quantitative prediction of harm from the arc flash hazard and then a separate chapter on prevention based upon practical measures avoid or minimise harm set against a hierarchy of risk control measures. The chapter on process, policy and procedures gives advice on a methodical approach to creating rules and ensuring competence. Finally, the chapter on protection describes, as a last resort, how personal protective equipment can be selected, used, and maintained.
This book is packed with the fruits of the author’s vast experience and there is a chapter dedicated to myths and mysteries as well as separate chapters for electrical utilities, duty holders, service providers, contractors, legislation, and data collection.
The book can be found at:


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Mike Frain, author of the European Arc Flash Guide has presented several webinars for the Institute of Engineering and Technology. The webinars can be accessed here:

The Author

Mike Frain is one of the most prolific exponents of arc flash risk management and electrical safety in Europe over many years. The author is a dual national of the Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom and has been at the forefront of raising awareness about the management of the arc flash risk in a very practical way in accordance with European standards. He is an authority on the drafting and training of electrical safety procedures and processes and has been trusted to deliver electrical safety consultancy advice for numerous household names in most sectors of industry across Europe.

As a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering & Technology, Mike has held senior management positions in electrical safety, contracting, utilities, consultancy, and facilities maintenance companies having direct responsibility for putting people to work on a full range of complex and large power electrical systems. He is an Expert for the British Standards Institute and International Electrotechnical Commission Live Working committees, Convener for the IEC Arc Flash Working Group (TC 78 WG 15) and the Team Leader for the IEC arc flash end user guidance project team. He is the Vice Chair of the IET Engineering Safety Policy Panel and leads the Arc Flash Working Group
A headshot image of Mike Frain.