Hydrogen Safety


The Hydrogen Safety course is intended to provide the student with a working knowledge of safety issues associated with the use of hydrogen. Using the aerospace industry standard, ‘Guide to Safety of Hydrogen and Hydrogen Systems’, AIAA G-095-2004, this course presents basic safety philosophy and principles and reviews a practical set of guidelines for safe hydrogen use. The information presented in this course is intended as a reference to hydrogen systems design and operations and handling practices; users are encouraged to assess their individual programs and develop additional requirements as needed.

Key Topics:

  • Properties of hydrogen related to safety
  • Identify and evaluate hazards in a hydrogen system
  • Understand the methods for addressing hazards in hydrogen systems
  • Safe practices in design, materials selection, and operation of a hydrogen system
  • Proper responses to emergency situations involving hydrogen

Who Should Attend:

The Hydrogen Safety Course is intended for anyone involved with the design, use, operation, and maintenance of hydrogen systems. It is also appropriate for those involved with the production and transportation of hydrogen and with its uses in propellant and non-propellant applications.

Course Information:

Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
Course Length: 2 days
AIAA CEU's available: Yes


I. Introduction: Course Structure and Limitations

II. Hydrogen Safety Basics

A. Why study hydrogen safety
B. Lessons learned
C. What do you need to know?

III. Addressing Hydrogen Hazards
A. How to deal with a hazard
B. Possible ways to address a hazard
C. How to respond to emergency situations

IV. Components: Design, Concerns

V. Safety Management Concerns
A. Basic safety philosophy and principles
B. Organizational policies and procedures
C. Safety responsibility
D. Risk and risk management
E. Hazard analysis
F. Codes, standards, and NASA directives
G. Reviews

VI. Facility Design and Concerns, Part I
A. General considerations
B. Facility siting
C. Storage vessels
D. Piping systems
E. Venting, flaring, and dispersion
F. Building considerations

VII. Facility Design and Concerns, Part II
A. Supporting systems
B. Fire protection and fire fighting
C. Transportation


Students will have have access to the AIAA G-095-2004.



Mr. Stephen S. Woods has worked 23 years at the NASA White Sands Test Facility engaged in propellant hazards research, systems analysis, standards development and safety training with an emphasis on hydrogen hazard assessment, standards development, safety and training.

Miguel J. Maes, NASA



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