FM Global Data Sheets

by Michael O'Brian on February 17, 2009

FREE Data Sheets by FM

I remember a couple of years ago, reading through FM data sheets for a rack storage project.  I found myself comparing the data sheet to NFPA 13 and wondering if I had the most current data sheet available.

As an AHJ we were asked to take the data sheet approach in lieu of NFPA 13 design requirements (more densities then anything else).  We spent time dissecting the data sheet and purchased the complete set so we had the most current editions.

FM Global Data sheets are utilized in the design of many systems and structures. These data sheets are similar to code requirements although are typically utilized during processes and construction based on insurance requirements.  Instead of purchasing them, FM has made these resources available for free (as long as you register).  They have been free for a little while now, but people keep asking for them.

FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, are available 24/7 as a self-service source for engineering guidelines to help reduce the risk of property loss due to fire, weather and/or equipment failure. For nearly two centuries, businesses across the globe have relied on FM Global and its data sheets—property loss prevention engineering standards—to reduce risk at their existing facilities, and to ensure any new facilities are built to FM Global standards, reflecting world-class property protection.

Check out the sheets

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick Markowitz Jr. February 18, 2009 at 7:52 am

Fantastic that FM Global released them with all the expense of trying to keep all your code books etc current this really helps.

Reply

Insurance LC Rep February 18, 2009 at 9:26 am

Do not forget about the free FM Approval Guide for products, also FREE

http://www.approvalguide.com/CC_host/pages/public/custom/FM/login.cfm

Reply

Tim Rogers February 18, 2009 at 9:27 am

The other thing about FM Global is that a lot of their publications are free to Fire Departments who register with them. There are a lot of inspection and safety guides that would be good handouts for your industrial / building safety personnel to use. As I said, there are some limitations, but you can go get more after a year!

Reply

Marcus Veytia February 26, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Awesome resource – thanks for the valuable tip. One of the very useful aspects of FM Global Data Sheets is that they provide a rationale or intent of the requirements – “support for recommendations”. Understanding the rationale provides one with the ability to correctly apply the intent of the requirements and understand how to solve issues that are not black and white. This is useful for applying local mandated standards since much of the requirements in the FM Global Data Sheets are similar to national fire codes.

Reply

admin February 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Marcus, Thanks for the comment and a great statement on support for recommendations, understanding the code intent is always important.

Reply

Leave a Comment