A well-designed workspace is a necessary element for any project involving hydrogen.
Even though it is not always possible to build a building or laboratory space to accommodate the use of hydrogen, it is important to understand the design elements that make a workspace hydrogen-safe.
The following elements should be considered to ensure safe operations:
- A workspace can be configured to mitigate hazards by understanding and taking advantage of the characteristics of hydrogen.
- Materials of construction must be carefully selected to account for their mechanical behavior in hydrogen service at the intended operating conditions.
- In designing a hydrogen system, it may be possible to reduce risk by "designing out" the hazard.
- Hydrogen piping systems must be carefully designed and installed to minimize the potential for leaks and allow for their easy detection.
- Safety of the workspace may be improved by using interlock systems working in unison with hydrogen and fire detectors.