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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Safety

Online Training Certification Course

29 CFR 1910

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This online certification course covers the potential benefits and inherent risks involved with hydrogen fuel cells. Course topics include hydrogen's use as a fuel, storage methods, hazard identification and control, and applicable regulations related to the use of hydrogen.

Hydrogen is a clean alternative fuel that is seeing increased use in fuel cells that power cars, industrial vehicles, and even rockets. Despite its positive characteristics, hydrogen fuel cells can be dangerous if not handled properly. Hydrogen fuel cell safety training is critical in the prevention against potential hazards such as explosions, fires, and electrical dangers.

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This online training course is designed for anyone who works with or around hydrogen fuel cells. If not handled properly, hydrogen fuel cells can cause explosions, fires, freeze burns, and electrical hazards. This safety training may help prevent serious injury in the workplace and save lives.

This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by OSHA for hydrogen fuel cell safety training.

Case Study: In 2011, inadequate hydrogen gas purging resulted in a fatal flash fire during a turbine generator repair. Three electrical power generation units each used a boiler to deliver steam to a turbine generator. Hydrogen gas cooled both the generator housing and its bushing box through connecting paths.

One turbine generator was taken offline because workers detected hydrogen contamination and suspected a leak. They used a portable leak detector and located a leak where the terminal plate was bolted to the bushing box. After purging, the man-way cover was removed, the workers tested for hydrogen at a fixed location, and one worker entered the confined space with an electric drop light and an electric fan. A flash fire erupted, and a worker was killed.

Key Takeaway:OSHA investigators identified the following unsafe work practices as potential flash fire causes:

  • Use of gas detectors that inadequately measure the accumulation of hydrogen
  • Too few confined space assessments
  • Use of tools that are unsafe for the work environment

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Governing Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with the enforcement of safety and health conditions of workers through the use of regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA regulations are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations. Part 1910 covers general industry regulations.

Hydrogen fuel cell industry employers must follow OSHA's General Industry Standards, as well as federal and state regulations that apply to different elements of their operations.

What You'll Learn

    Introduction to Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Key Terms
  • What Is a Hydrogen Fuel Cell?
  • How Do Hydrogen Fuel Cells Work?
  • What Are the Uses for Hydrogen Fuel Cells?
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells and the Environment
  • Applicable Regulations
    Hydrogen Storage and How It Works
  • Hydrogen Storage Challenges
    Hazards of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Fire and Explosion Hazards
  • Freeze Burn Hazards
  • Electrical Hazards
    Employee Safety Precautions in Hydrogen Storage
  • Safety Considerations Associated with Handling Liquid Hydrogen
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Fire-Fighting Techniques
  • Purging
    Employer Responsibility in the Hydrogen Industry
  • Prevention of Flash Fires and Related Injuries
  • Safe Handling of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
  • Emergency Procedures
    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 hazards such as hydrogen fuel cells.

To ensure compliance with OSHA and DOE regulations for the hydrogen industry, safety training must be conducted periodically and as-needed to ensure the work environment is free from recognized hazards. Refresher training should also occur whenever changes to the worksite, equipment, or tasks render previous training obsolete. OSHA standards related to hydrogen fuel cells do not specify a time frame for required retraining or recertification; however, the OSH Act General Duty Clause defines that each employer must ensure that worksites are free from recognized hazards. This hydrogen fuel cell safety course meets these training requirements.

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

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