Ensuring the safety of employees, contractors and the public is IEPS’s highest priority!
H2 and O2 generation facilities can create public concerns regarding safety and safely handling H2 and O2 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. O2, although a common substance in air, can also have a range of negative effects when in a more concentrated form.
Although both non-toxic and non-corrosive, H2 can induce metal fatigue in some forms of steel pipe and the associated welded joints. O2 is also not toxic but, unlike H2, is in a concentrated form, highly corrosive. Although H2 is much lighter than air and dissipates very rapidly when released, it also ignites more easily than either propane or natural gas.
O2 is also not toxic but, is, in a concentrated form corrosive. Higher than normal concentrations of O2 also exacerbate the rate of ignition of other combustible materials.