UK hydrogen strategy triggers launch of new CompEx safety course

Certification body, CompEx, has launched a new online short course to raise awareness of hydrogen safety due to the crucial role it is expected to play in the transition to net zero.

New safety course will meet the demands of the UK Hydrogen strategy

Offering a 45-minute overview of hydrogen, the benefits of use, safety considerations, and protection measures required, ‘An Introduction to Hydrogen’ makes key comparisons between hydrogen and conventional fossil fuels.

Although already covered in other CompEx qualifications, this specialised course provides an introductory overview of hydrogen’s particular characteristics for people who are new to the subject or want to build on their basic knowledge.

Hydrogen is anticipated to play a significant part in the UK’s net zero strategy, and the government has forecast 9,000 new jobs will be created by the UK hydrogen market by 2030, with a potential 100,000 jobs by 2050.

Unique behaviours

Recognising the unique behaviours of Hydrogen, CompEx teamed up with EUTEX International, one of the approved training providers of CompEx courses, to help in the development of a course that meets the accelerating demand for hydrogen safety training.

Paul Hague, Technical Authority for CompEx, said: “Here at CompEx, we are aware that hydrogen is a continuously developing field with growing relevance, and as such we’re committed to delivering the right training, skill set, and knowledge base to deal with it.

“We’re pleased to release this introductory CompEx short course that will enlighten industries to the safety practices necessary for future energy requirements. We’re looking forward to playing a part in this welcomed transition towards green energy and an overall more sustainable future.”

Fraser Heggie, CTO at EUTEX International, said: “It is good to see the first step of our partnership with CompEx being launched with the Introduction to Hydrogen course.

“This will highlight the extra precautions we need to take with this volatile gas for entrants to the low carbon energy sector. We’re keen to see how this introductory course can be further developed into a practitioner qualification in the future.”