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Safe practices in the production, storage, distribution, and use of hydrogen are an integral part of future plans. Like most fuels, hydrogen can be handled and used safely with appropriate sensing, handling, and engineering measures. The aim of this program activity is to verify the physical and chemical properties of hydrogen, outline the factors that must be considered to minimize the safety hazards related to the use of hydrogen as a fuel, and provide a comprehensive database on hydrogen and hydrogen safety.

Photo of hydrogen fueling pump in Las Vegas, Nevada

Led by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, this DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program activity focuses on system safety in DOE-sponsored R&D activities and in the market place. DOE's safety R&D activities are focused on developing hydrogen sensors for detecting hydrogen leaks. In addition, all DOE-funded hydrogen projects are required to follow DOE's Safety Guidelines and undergo review by DOE's Hydrogen Safety Review Panel to ensure safety in the operation, handling, and use of hydrogen systems.

An online course on hydrogen safety for first responders provides an overview of hydrogen for fire, law enforcement, and emergency medical personnel.

A bibliographic database provides references to reports, articles, books, and other resources for information on hydrogen safety.

The H2 Safety Snapshot newsletter is a quarterly bulletin that highlights safety as an important element when working with hydrogen and hydrogen systems.