Occupational Safety and Health Administration OSHA

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Hydrogen: Electrical

Hydrogen Fuel Cell workers are exposed to potential electrical hazards present in their work environment, which makes them more vulnerable to the danger of electrocution and arc flash hazards.

Specifically, workers in the Stationary Fuel Cells industry may be covered by the Electrical power generation, transmission, and distribution standards. Typically, electric power generators (such as Stationary Fuel Cells) are covered by OSHA Subpart S standards in part 1910, if they are not connected to distribution systems (i.e., a system that is supplying power to two or more buildings) or if they are only emergency or standby in nature. If a Stationary Fuel Cell supplies power to a distribution system, then the provisions contained in 29 CFR 1910.269, Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution, will apply.

For more information, the Work Hazards and Safety Practices in the Electric Power Industry topics page should be consulted. Additionally, OSHA’s web page Electric Power Generation, Transmission, and Distribution should also be consulted.

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