Severity
Incident
Leak
Yes
Ignition
Yes

An employee of an incubator company that was working in a university-owned laboratory facility was checking the hydrogen pressure through the main valve on a hydrogen cylinder. The regulator on this cylinder had not been properly closed. Hydrogen escaped through the regulator and was ignited. The fire was contained in the laboratory and extinguished by the building's fire sprinkler system before fire crews arrived. There were no injuries, and damage estimates were not available.

Incident Date
May 24, 2004
Setting
Equipment
  • Hydrogen Storage Equipment
  • Gas cylinder
Damage and Injuries
Probable Cause
When Incident Discovered
Lessons Learned

Incident investigation findings for corrective actions were:
1. Install a valve after the regulator as an added precaution.
2. Clean the coupler at the end of the hydrogen delivery tube after each use to ensure that any catalyst residue has been removed.