Hydrogen, in vast quantities, has been used safely for many years in chemical and metallurgical applications, the food industry, and the space program. As hydrogen and fuel cells begin to play a greater role in meeting the energy needs of our nation and the world, minimizing the safety hazards related to the use of hydrogen as a fuel is essential.
DOE is working to develop and implement practices and procedures that will enable safety in operating, handling, and using hydrogen and hydrogen systems. In addition, DOE is working with domestic and international organizations to identify the current gaps in the standards development process; facilitate the creation and adoption of model building codes and equipment standards for hydrogen systems in commercial, residential, and transportation applications; and provide technical resources to harmonize the development of international standards.
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H2Tools is a best practices resource and free, online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders.
The Hydrogen Safety Bibliographic Database provides references to reports, articles, books, and other resources for information on hydrogen safety as it relates to production, storage, distribution, and use.
The H2Tools Lessons Learned Database provides lessons learned and other relevant information gained from actual experiences working with hydrogen. The database contains records of events involving hydrogen or hydrogen-related technologies.
The Codes and Standards - Permitting Tools website identifies model codes and standards to help local permitting officials deal with proposals for hydrogen fueling stations, fuel cell use for telecommunications facilities, and other hydrogen projects. Links to web-based training resources are also identified on this site.
The Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Codes and Standards Database serves as a searchable home for relevant codes and standards and is regularly updated to reflect changes in the codes and standards.
The Introduction to Hydrogen Safety for First Responders web-based course, administered by the Center for Hydrogen Safety, provides an "awareness level" hydrogen overview for fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel.
The Hydrogen Safety Panel provides several resources for download, including guidance for safety planning for projects and an example safety plan to encourage a safety mindset for all aspects of project planning.
The Hydrogen Safety Best Practices Manual is an online manual that captures the wealth of knowledge and experience related to the safe handling and use of hydrogen that exists as a result of its extensive history in a wide variety of applications. The purpose of the manual is to share this knowledge gathered from numerous experts, public domain documents, and references in an online, easy-to-use manner.