16 October 2023
Scientists from HSE are amongst a number of expert
speakers addressing the UK Explosion Liaison Group (UKELG) when
they convene at the HSE Science and Research Centre on the 23rd
October 2023 for their 63rd discussion meeting.
UKELG is a subject interest group, which aims to promote the
understanding of all aspects of explosions, including the analysis
and prevention of accidental explosions, by stimulating the
informal exchange of relevant information. Each year they
organise two meetings covering all aspects of explosion and related
As the need to decarbonise energy technologies gathers pace, the
October meeting will explore the explosion hazards of net zero
New technologies always present unexpected and challenging
safety hazards and the meeting is designed to explore the science
underlying the identification, mitigation and protection against
explosion hazards associated with technologies proposed to meet the
net zero energy challenge.
Battery safety scientist Gemma Howard and Jonathan Hall, a
principal scientist specialising in explosive atmospheres, will
each present findings from their work as part of the meeting's
Fellow HSE scientist Jason Gill is a member of the UKELG
organising committee. Commenting on the forthcoming event, he
"We are really looking forward to hosting the meeting
and sharing the exciting science we are conducting within
Enabling industry to innovate safely to prevent major incidents,
supporting the move towards net zero, is a strategic priority for
HSE and meetings like this help us share what we know with
academia, industry, consultancies and other regulators.
In turn, we are able to learn from the work of others - really
valuable insight for us to remain an evidence-based and relevant
The 63rd meeting of the UKELG takes place on the 23rd October
2023 at the HSE Science and Research Centre in Buxton, Derbyshire.
The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in the explosion
hazards of net zero technologies, including lithium ion batteries,
hydrogen and the use of ammonia as a source of hydrogen.
The HSE presentations are:
"Flammable gas evolution from failing lithium ion
batteries" - Gemma Howard
"Sudden releases of hydrogen into a tunnel" - Jonathan Hall
For further details, please visit the UKELG LinkedIn page.