Nick Barilo

Nick Barilo is Director of the Center for Hydrogen Safety (CHS) at the American Institute of Chemical Engineers ( and Hydrogen Safety Program manager at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). CHS is a global, neutral and nonprofit resource that supports and promotes the safe handling and use of hydrogen across industrial and consumer applications in the energy transition. As Director of CHS, Nick helps to facilitate access to hydrogen safety experts; develop comprehensive safety guidance, outreach and education materials; and provide a forum to partner on world-wide technical solutions.
Nick is a licensed fire protection engineer having over 30 years of experience and has dedicated his career to reducing risks to personnel and property. He has served on the NFPA 2, Hydrogen Technologies Code committee since its inception in 2006 and was instrumental in organizing the fundamental chapters of the initial release of the Code in 2011. His work at PNNL has provided hydrogen safety support for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fuel Cell Technologies Program since 2012. Nick directs activities for the U.S. Hydrogen Safety Panel, safety knowledge dissemination and first responder training tasks, including development of the hydrogen tools portal ( Nick has authored papers and journal articles, and has presented both nationally and internationally on hydrogen safety.

Program Manager
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory