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The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the agency responsible for the safety and health of workers involved in the hydrogen fuel cell industry. Employers must follow OSHA’s General Industry standards (29 CFR 1910.103). Hydrogen fuel cell industry employers must also follow federal and state regulations that apply to different elements of their operations. For example, employers must comply with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) regulations that govern the hydrogen industry.
Who must take this course?
If not handled properly, hydrogen fuel cells can cause explosions, fires, freeze burns, and electrical dangers. Employees who work in the hydrogen fuel cell industry require special protections against these potential hazards. By becoming aware of these hazards, you can help to prevent injuries and protect workers and community members from the dangers of hydrogen fuel cells.
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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.
Upon successful completion each student will have immediate access to a printable OSHA Hydrogen Fuel Cell Safety training certificate and wallet card.
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 then you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.
Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.
Our OSHA Hydrogen Fuel Cell Safety training course consists of content, graphics, audio, self-check questions, and a final exam.
This course is designed to help you understand both the potential and the danger involved with hydrogen fuel cells. The course will explore hydrogen’s use as a fuel, the methods of hydrogen storage, the risks associated with hydrogen in the workplace and public, and applicable regulations related to the use of hydrogen.
Specific topics covered in this course include:
- About This Course
- Course Objectives
- 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
- Employer Responsibility in the Hydrogen Industry
- Prevention of Flash Fires and Related Injuries
- Safe Handling of Hydrogen Fuel Cells
- Emergency Procedures
- Additional Resources
OSHA has not specified any time frame for required retraining or recertification for Hydrogen Fuel Cell Safety training. Since there is no OSHA standard dealing with this specific hazard the OSH Act general duty clause, section 5(a)(1), 29 U.S.C. 654(b)(1) defines the standard which provides that:
(a) Each employer -
(1) shall furnish to each of his employees employment and a place of employment which are free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm to his employees.
A recognized hazard is a danger recognized by the employer's industry or industry in general, by the employer, or by common sense. The general duty clause does not apply if there is an OSHA standard dealing with the hazard, unless the employer knows that the standard does not adequately address the hazard.