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Fundamentals of Hydrogen

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Hydrogen is one of the low carbon energy solutions that will be critical for the UK's transition to net zero.

But using hydrogen as an energy carrier is not a new phenomenon - hydrogen has been manufactured, used or dealt with as a biproduct by industry for over 100 years across a number of sectors, and has been handled safely by a professional workforce with few incidents and accidents.​

With more novel and innovative applications for hydrogen anticipated as we approach our 2050 net zero targets, we need to keep individuals and workplaces safe from new risks, whilst not forgetting those that existed before. A fundamental understanding of hydrogen's physical properties and key behaviours will be key to safely developing and deploying it as a net zero energy vector.

This course will provide that foundation knowledge and give examples of risks and control measures when using hydrogen to enable delegates to understand and identify the hazards hydrogen could pose to their own environments and intended uses.

Learning outcomes:

Delegates will be provided with information that will help them to:

  • Understand the physical properties and novel phenomena of hydrogen and how it differs from traditional fuels
  • Understand the behaviour of hydrogen in different phases
  • Identify hazards posed by the introduction of hydrogen into an existing system
  • Know the regulations that relate to the use of hydrogen, thresholds, and when they apply
  • Design appropriate procedures for handling liquid and gaseous hydrogen

The course will cover:

The properties and behaviour of hydrogen, the material effects and system design, including gas detection, purging and gas handling. You will examine the Dangerous Substances and Explosive Atmospheres Regulations (DSEAR), have an introduction to Hazardous Area Classification (HAC) and look at risk mitigation and control measures. You will establish how to respond to an emergency, how to choose appropriate PPE and you will explore the use of liquid hydrogen.

Who should attend?

This one-day course is designed for new entrants to the hydrogen sector, those already working with hydrogen and need a greater understanding of its properties and behaviour, or those considering transition to hydrogen.


The course will be run at the HSE Science and Research Centre in the spa town of Buxton. Buxton is in the heart of the Peak District and has good links to mainline train stations and Manchester International Airport. This course can be run at your site or local area by arrangement.

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£650 per person (includes course notes, lunch and refreshments).

Please note that all courses must be paid for via credit card at the time of booking.

This course can also be delivered in-company, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Telephone: +44 (0)203 028 3704

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