Safety

Ensuring the safety of employees, contractors and the public is IEPS’s highest priority!

H2 generation facilities routinely generate public concerns regarding safety and working safely with H2 requires a commitment to following safe practices and attention to details. H2 like all other fuels, has some degree of danger associated with its production, storage and transportation and must be managed with care.

Although both non-toxic and non-corrosive, H2 can induce metal fatigue in some forms of steel pipe and the associated welded joints. And although H2 is much lighter than air and dissipates very rapidly when released, it also ignites more easily than either propane or natural gas.

To reduce the risks:

  • H2 production facilities will be designed and built to ensure more than adequate ventilation and equipped with the H2 detection systems.
  • H2 will only be stored in well ventilated, ideally open-air conditions with appropriate setbacks from other facilities etc.
  • All tanks and seals will be made are made of materials heavily resistant to the effects of H2 and are also inspected regularly.
  • No sources of ignition including open flames, sparks from friction or electrical circuits will be permitted.
  • Staff will be well trained in identifying and responding to potentially dangerous conditions should they occur.
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