HSB honoured by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 100 years of developing boiler safety standards


Press Release

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB) has been cited by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for HSB’s century of contributions to create, adopt and enforce the national Code, which supports the construction and inspection of safe and reliable boilers and pressure vessels around the world.

HSB, an original contributor to the ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, was one of four organizations honoured and the only insurance or inspection company.  The ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code, first issued 100 years ago and continuously refined since, is used for the construction of boilers, pressure vessels and nuclear power plant components by manufacturers worldwide.  Today, this Code is used in more than 100 countries around the world with translations in numerous languages.

“HSB is proud to work with ASME to advance the science of mechanical engineering,” said Greg Barats, president and chief executive officer of HSB, part of Munich Re.  “In addition to HSB’s company support of the Code, many HSB engineering specialists volunteer their time and expertise to serve on ASME committees that set the codes and standards that contribute to the reliability, safety and efficiency of boilers and many other types of equipment for the public.”

ASME recognized the value of HSB’s technical knowledge and experience with boilers and pressure vessels, which dates to the company’s founding in 1866 and its creation of the “Hartford Standards,” the first technical standards adopted by U.S. boiler manufacturers, in 1889.

Today, the company’s HSB Global Standards subsidiary is a worldwide leader in the interpretation and application of boiler and pressure vessel codes, standards, customer specifications and certifications mandated by the ASME Codes and regulators worldwide.  HSB and its subsidiaries perform more than 1.5 million inspections of boilers and other equipment worldwide each year.

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