Johnston, R.I. — For the first time in its 170-year history, FM Global, a commercial and industrial property insurer, announced its decision to release thousands of pages of its previously exclusive property loss prevention engineering guidelines at no cost through its Web site.

FM Global’s Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets provide large-scale businesses, facility and risk managers, as well as the architects, consultants and contractors who work for them, a tool to help prevent property damage and maintain business continuity due to threats posed by fire, weather conditions and failure of electrical or mechanical equipment.

The engineering guidelines contain risk prevention information on hundreds of topics, ranging from building construction and fire prevention, to industrial equipment maintenance and natural disaster preparedness. Users who download the content also receive automatic notification via e-mail when data sheets are updated.

The decision to make its loss prevention data available at no cost reflects the changing risk profiles of its clients around the world, according to FM Global, especially the increasing interdependence of businesses brought about as a result of globalization and technology.

“Companies are now so intertwined and geographically dispersed, that to help them reduce risk and prevent loss, it is beneficial to make our intellectual property widely accessible,” says Tom Lawson, FM Global’s SVP, engineering and research. “FM Global is always developing new ways to prevent risk, and we feel this complete access to our engineering recommendations can be invaluable to helping businesses manage the evolving risk environment in this increasingly interconnected world.”

Subjects covered by FM Global’s data sheets include:

    * Construction
    * Sprinklers
    * Water Supply
    * Extinguishing Equipment
    * Electrical
    * Boilers and Heating Equipment
    * Hazards
    * Storage
    * Human Factors
    * System Instrumentation and Control
    * Pressure Vessels
    * Mechanical
    * Welding

Source: FM Global

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