18.02.2004

Fuel cells hazards

Fuel cells produce electricity and heat, operating like a battery, producing an
electric current from chemical reactions. However, whereas a battery needs
regular recharging or replacement, a fuel cell continues producing electricity
for as long there is a fuel supply. This space age technology now powers some
London buses, but it brings risks and hazards.

Fuels used in cells catch fire easily and present a significant danger of fire
and explosion, and are 'dangerous substances'.

An guidance publication "Fuel cells: Understanding the hazards, control the
risk"s has been published by the British Health and Safety Executive (HSE). It
provides simple and straightforward advice to designers and users, so they can
become more aware of the hazards and how to reduce the risks of this innovative
and fast-developing technology.

It advises how to control the risk from fire and explosion or exposure to
harmful chemicals, reiterates the basic areas of managing a safe system of work
such as on manual handling, training and operating emergency procedures.

Further Information


AplusA-online.de - Source: Health and Safety Executive (HSE)