Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

Green Job Hazards: Hydrogen Fuel Cells

A fuel cell is an electrochemical device that produces electricity without combustion. Hydrogen Fuel cells use hydrogen in producing electricity, and electricity is generated as long as hydrogen fuel is supplied to it. The fuel cell industry is a growing industry and the workers may be exposed to several occupational hazards.

Fuel cells can power the vehicles for transportation (such as buses, automobiles, and boats) and can provide power for remote locations, including remote weather stations and rural locations. Fuel cells (stationary) can also serve as power plants for towns and cities and provide power to buildings. When fuel cells are installed or produced at a workplace, employers are required to comply with OSHA requirements.

Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Photo: Warren Gretz - NREL Staff Photographer

Hazards

Workers in the Hydrogen Fuel Cells industry are exposed to typical workplace hazards, including the following.

Hydrogen Incidents

Employers must protect workers from hydrogen and other work-related hazards. Employers must take measures to prevent hydrogen-related incidents.

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