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This technical briefing is offered for public live-streamed delivery. It is also available for in-house live-streamed delivery.


Hydrogen has been used for many years in various industries and in the space program. Increasingly, it is playing a greater role in meeting contemporary energy needs.

Hydrogen is stored as a gas in pressurized containers and cryogenically as a liquid. It forms explosive mixtures with air. Given the rapid expansion expected in its use as a fuel, minimizing the safety hazards involved is an imperative.

Some properties of hydrogen make it safer to handle than other fuels, for example, hydrogen is non-toxic and disperses rapidly when released because it is much lighter than air. However, some of its properties require particular engineering controls to enable its safe use. For example, hydrogen has a wide range of flammable concentrations in air and lower ignition energy than conventional fuels, such as gasoline and natural gas, which means it can ignite more easily. Consequently, adequate ventilation and leak detection are important elements in the design of safe hydrogen systems. Special flame detectors are required because hydrogen burns with a nearly invisible flame.

In addition, some metals can become brittle when exposed to hydrogen, so selecting appropriate materials is important to the design of safe hydrogen systems.

This technical briefing provides attendees with essential knowledge and practical insights into the management of hydrogen safety. Attendees receive an electronic copy of the technical briefing materials.

What you will learn:

  • Hazardous properties of hydrogen and how they impact its safe use.
  • Standards for hydrogen safety
  • Hazard and risk analysis for hydrogen systems
  • Best practices and procedures for hydrogen safety
  • Technical resources on hydrogen safety


2 hoursĀ