Engineering and Safety Service Information


The Engineering and Safety Service (E&STM) is committed to being the leading provider of value-added information and services that benefit its customers and the public in matters related to loss control and risk management. This is accomplished through a variety of services, including loss control/risk management technical reports, professional development programs, forums and other services briefly described below.


The Engineering and Safety Service (E&S), a unit of the Insurance Services Office, Inc., can proudly trace its history back to the mid-nineteenth century. In 1866, in an effort to stem the tide of calamitous conflagrations that were destroying American cities, the fire insurance companies in the U.S. formed an organization called the National Board of Fire Underwriters, one of the predecessors of the Engineering and Safety Service. The beginning of the new century and spread of industrial production brought new kinds of safety concerns. Ways to guarantee safe conditions in the workplace were desperately needed. In 1926, the Association of Casualty and Surety Companies was formed to address safety and engineering issues from the insurance perspective. In 1953, the American Insurance Association (AIA) was formed. In 1965, the National Board of Fire Underwriters, the Association of Casualty and Surety Companies, and AIA were merged under the corporate name, American Insurance Association. Then, in January 1984, AIA established the American Insurance Services Group, Inc., (AISG). Finally, AISG was acquired by the Insurance Services Office, Inc. in 1997.

Mission Statement

"The Engineering and Safety Service is an insurance industry-supported organization committed to being the leading industry provider of loss control/risk management related technical and regulatory information for the purposes of controlling commercial property/casualty risk and promoting the safety and welfare of the public."


E&S operates through a customer panel, the Engineering and Safety (E&S) Panel. The E&S Panel is responsible for providing suggestions on the general practices of the Service. The E&S Panel also provides a forum for members to discuss legislative, administrative and loss control issues of mutual interest.


Historically, subscribers to E&S have come from a broad range of property casualty companies writing commercial insurance. More recently, however, E&S has marketed services, on an international basis, to a broad range of customers having an interest in loss prevention and risk control. These markets include brokers, agents, third party administrators, and risk managers. Insurance company subscribers represent a wide range of types and sizes of companies (i.e.; small, medium and large; mutual and stock). Annual insurer assessments (participation fees) are based on written premiums in a variety of commercial insurance lines, subject to a premium discount.


E&S provides a wide-range of services designed to meet the needs of its customers. The focus is on safety and risk reduction in industrial, commercial and residential settings, within broad technical categories. E&S information is mainly delivered through the E&S on ISOnet website. Overall E&S services include:

Risk Management Information – Comprehensive, yet concise, analyses of specific hazards, processes, business operations, and products, with appropriate intervention guidelines - provided in over 1500 technical reports in 16 different subject areas. E&S customers view these reports as an excellent source of reliable information for the identification, evaluation and control of hazards and exposures. The information may be utilized for policyholders, their employees, or risk management and loss control professionals.

Risk Management InfoLinks – E&S provides direct links, with descriptions, to Internet sites that E&S staff has identified as being of particular interest to our customers. In addition to providing extensive resources to information on emerging issues, E&S has analyzed pertinent U.S. Government sites to bring you directly to your area of interest, saving you valuable research time.

Professional Development – E&S offers many professional development opportunities. E&S provides a number of inexpensive ways for risk management and safety professionals to continue their professional development. Additionally, E&S provides CEU’s for all of their courses, which can be used to satisfy the continuing-education component of most professional designations, such as Certified Safety Professional (CSP) and Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS).

Legislative and Regulatory Services – E&S keeps its customers up-to-date on legislative and regulatory information affecting operation of insurer loss control departments. A broad range of topics are covered including loss control immunity, qualifications of insurance company loss control personnel or service providers, and a safety committee policy.

Consultations – E&S’ expert technical staff is available to provide technical advice and guidance to E&S customers. E&S will utilize its considerable information resources to provide specialized information that may not be found or duplicated anywhere else.

Forums – Each year, E&S conducts its Loss Control Executive Forum and other meetings to explore key issues facing loss control/risk management; these programs target everyone from loss control executives to field personnel.

Standards Activities – The E&S staff actively participates in national standards development committee work, including committees of the American National Standards Institute and the National Fire Protection Association.

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The information contained in this publication was obtained from sources believed to be reliable. ISO Services, Inc., its companies and employees make no guarantee of results and assume no liability in connection with either the information herein contained or the safety suggestions herein made. Moreover, it cannot be assumed that every acceptable safety procedure is contained herein or that abnormal or unusual circumstances may not warrant or require further or additional procedure.