Training to be Offered at HAMMER
NHA Home NHA News Index
by Bruce Kinzey and Linda Fassbender, Pacific Northwest
and Bret Akers, Volpentest HAMMER Training Center
The Department of Energys (DOE) Volpentest Hazardous Materials Management and Emergency Response (HAMMER) Training and Education Center opened its doors in September 1997 to ensure safety in materials handling and transfer activities at the DOE Hanford nuclear reservation. HAMMER offers multiple facilities for various types of training, including classroom sessions as well as extensive hands-on live burn props such as the propane tank shown in the accompanying photo. HAMMER currently provides about 50,000 person-days per year of training in different areas of safety and national security.
In keeping with the anticipated needs of a future hydrogen economy, the addition of a hydrogen safety training capability is underway at HAMMER. Planned activities include classroom education and, ultimately, life-sized prop training capabilities that will include a number of additional props devoted specifically to hydrogen safety (e.g., a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, a hydrogen fueling station). These props will be representative of a variety of possible hydrogen release scenarios in order to teach the basic procedures of appropriate emergency response to the various audiences that need them.
Hydrogen Safety at HAMMER will employ the OSHA-developed four-tiered framework for hazardous materials emergency response training that includes Awareness, Operations, Technician, and Specialist levels. Activities in FY 2005 will review existing hydrogen safety training courses for material that could be utilized in the new Hydrogen Awareness-level safety training course for fire fighters, develop the Awareness-level curriculum, and conduct one pilot classroom session.
The HAMMER site is to be a national focal point for hydrogen safety training
activities, involving the collaboration of numerous agencies from both the public
and the private sectors. HAMMER is thereby destined to make a key contribution
to safe implementation of the future hydrogen economy.
©2005. All Rights Reserved. A Publication of the National Hydrogen Association.
This material may not be reproduced in any form without permission.
NHA Home Return to NHA News Index