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HSE launches new hydrogen safety training course to help industry achieve a safe net zero

22 September 2022

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HSE hydrogen scientists, whose knowledge has been captured in a new training course aimed at those working towards net zero

HSE has today launched a new training course helping those working to realise hydrogen's potential as a low carbon energy vector, to do so safely.

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 the UK makes progress towards its 2050 net zero deadline, individuals and workplaces need to be kept 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 and HSE is addressing the need for a baseline level of knowledge with the launch of a new training course.

Entitled 'The Fundamentals of Hydrogen', the one-day course is based on HSE's twenty years of experimental hydrogen safety research and is designed for those working with hydrogen so that they can understand how it may behave differently to incumbent fuels and how they might need to engineer for those differences.

The knowledge gained from the course will aid delegates to identify hazards posed by the introduction of hydrogen into their own environments, so they can design appropriate procedures to mitigate risk. Delegates will also learn about the regulations that relate to the use of hydrogen and when they apply, helping to ensure a safer transition to the low carbon energy vector.

Speaking about the launch, Stuart Hawksworth, Head of HSE's Centre for Energy and President of HySafe, the International Association for Hydrogen Safety, said:

'Hydrogen is seen as a key replacement for a number of difficult-to-decarbonise applications. Looking to 2035, and beyond to 2050, we foresee massive growth in its use and for this to happen safely, it is essential that we grow a workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge. This unique training from us at HSE is key to help society achieve this at pace'.

Hear from Stuart in our two-minute launch video on the course page, where you'll also find further information, including the dates for our open courses and details on how to book.

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