The International Short Course and Advanced Research Workshop is ideally suited to those who wish to meet the growing demand for specialists in Hydrogen Safety Engineering i.e. industries and services such as aerospace, process industry, energy industry, civil works, transport and distribution, fire and rescue services, regulatory authorities, teaching and research institutes, various industrialist co operations, consultancies etc.
The course will be focused on Hydrogen Regulation, Codes and Standard and is aimed at researchers, professionals, industrialists and those who have an interest in working with hydrogen in this new and rapid advancing field. During round table sessions, presentions will be given on best practices and developments in hydrogen research, refuelling, storage and safety.
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The European Commission just before Christmas presented draft legislation of the Seveso II Directive that will align legislation to changes in EU chemicals law and will clarify and update other provisions. This includes introducing stricter inspection standards and improving the level and quality of information available to the public in the event of an accident. The new Directive should apply from 1 June 2015.
In view of the expected roll-out of hydrogen refuelling stations in the coming years the EHA, in collaboration with the European Industrial Gas Association, EIGA, has submitted a strong suggestion to double the treshold for onsite hydrogen storage form 5 to 10 tons. In the end this request has not been taken into account in the final Commission’s proposal as the number of larger hydrogen refuelling stations is considered still limited in the coming years. The Commission however refers to the possibility of using “delegated acts” to change non essential parts of the legislation if deemed necessary at a later stage. The EHA is currently considering lobbying Parliament and the Council to include the doubling of the treshold to avoid amending the legislation at a later stage.
The review of the Directive was prompted by the adoption of rules to align the EU classification system to the UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS). It will ensure that the same hazards are described and labelled in the same way all around the world. Other important changes proposed include stronger provisions relating to public access to safety information, participation in decision-making and access to justice, and improvements to the way information is collected, managed, made available and shared. The proposal also introduces stricter standards for inspections of installations to ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of safety rules.