When a high-current arc occurs between two or more electrical conductors, the resulting fault arc can cause a serious accident. With this in mind, KAN set up a task force in 2009, consisting of representatives of accident insurance institutions, Germany’s federal states, testing bodies, research and industry. Until 2012 the group explored in depth the issue of protection against the effects of fault arcs. The original aim was to discuss the parameters for type examinations for clothing designed to provide protection against thermal hazards arising from fault arcs. In the end, however, the discussions moved beyond that mandate and covered the entire range of possible hazards.