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Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection
and Insurance Company

Their mission: In 1866, HSB's founding mission was to prevent steam boiler explosions. Over time, the company has evolved and expanded its focus to include various types of equipment and technology risks.​

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About HSB


The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company (HSB), a part of Munich Re, is a leading engineering and technical risk insurer providing equipment breakdown and other specialty coverages, inspection services, and engineering consulting.


Founded in 1866, HSB's founding mission was to prevent steam boiler explosions. Over time, the company has evolved and expanded its focus to include various types of equipment and technology risks.


HSB provides a range of services, including:

  1. Equipment Breakdown insurance: This covers the physical and financial damage that can result from an equipment breakdown.

  2. Inspection Services: HSB provides jurisdictional and pressure vessel inspections. Its inspectors, engineers, and technical personnel have the ability to perform multiple, cross-discipline inspections and services.

  3. Engineering Consulting: HSB offers risk solutions that include risk assessments, equipment longevity evaluations, loss investigations, and failure analysis.

  4. Internet of Things (IoT) Services: HSB has also ventured into IoT technology to help clients improve maintenance and prevent loss.

Engineering and Inspection

Over the years, HSB has grown to be a worldwide leader in the interpretation and application of boiler and pressure vessel codes, standards, directives and client specifications. Today, they have grown their services to include expertise in the Hydrogen Industry.

With over 150 years of local representation and jurisdictional experience, they provide virtually every aspect of inspection, training, certification and project management mandated by international codes and regulators.

HSB has more than 450 engineers, inspectors and auditors around the world that are highly qualified to help you meet local and international hydrogen requirements worldwide.

HSB is the largest Authorized Inspection Agency (AIA) accredited by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME®).

HSB provides inspection and engineering services to business and industry throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

Ask how they can support your business through their HSB Hydrogen Readiness (H2R) certification program.

Hydrogen Suite of Solutions

Key features:

  • Supply Chain Expediting  - HSB can ensure compliance with contractual conditions, specifications and applicable international codes and standards.

  • Conformity Assessment  -  Our experts can develop Inspection Test Plans and perform Third Party Inspections to determine if a product meets relevant technical standards. Inspection activities may include testing, surveillance, inspection, and auditing.

  • Quality Assurance  -  HSB can provide quality assurance through certifying your company to ISO Standards through our ISO Registrar Services.

  • Vendor Qualification  -  Our experts can prequalify global suppliers based on the evaluation matrix and prepare a bidder's shortlist of capable suppliers prior to purchase. Additionally, our experts can provide recommendations to help suppliers improve quality.

  • Vendor Surveillance  -  HSB, as an independent third party, can support your company with extensive inspection services during the manufacturing phase throughout the entire supply chain. This service can help ensure early detection of quality issues and help mitigate such issues prior to shipment.

  • Risk Mitigation  -  Our experts can work with your company and subcontractors to help assess and identify areas of risk within a supply chain.

  • Design Verification  -  HSB engineers will verify your design to ensure compliance with applicable standards.

Learn more here.


Resources - Hydrogen Solutions

The document linked below discusses the importance and benefits of Codes and Standards in the hydrogen industry, emphasizing safety, quality assurance, and efficiency. These standards, developed collaboratively by industry experts, regulators, and other stakeholders, guide the design, construction, and operation of hydrogen-related projects. The report highlights various components of a hydrogen production plant, detailing the applicable standards for each, such as those for electrolyzers, fueling stations, and storage tanks. As the hydrogen industry grows as a sustainable energy source, adherence to these construction codes and standards is crucial for ensuring safety, reliability, and optimal performance.

Read the document here

George Drake

“I think that HSB has gained hundreds of contacts through the U.S. Hydrogen Alliance. The network is fantastic… Our membership has opened up so many doors to so many people and so many companies in this emerging market. I can't be happier with our membership.”

Contact Them

George Drake

Global Project Manager

Hydrogen Solutions Webpage

1-800-HSB-1866 (1-800-472-1866)

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