NFPA 40: Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film

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2011 NFPA 40
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 40

Trust NFPA 40: Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film for complete guidance on safe storage of still and motion picture film.

The 2011 NFPA 40 is your single-source for up-to-date provisions for the storage and handling of cellulose nitrate motion picture film for such occupancies as film cabinets, vaults, archival vaults, projection booths, laboratories, and film exchanges.

All the issues insurance professionals, fire protection design engineers, film vault owners/operators, and enforcing officials need to know about are addressed, including:

  • Construction requirements and arrangements of buildings
  • Fire protection
  • Storage of nitrate film
  • Handling of nitrate film
  • Motion picture projection and special processes
  • Special occupancies


Changes to the 2011 edition include:

  • Revised fire protection requirements for short term and extended term storage vaults based on research project data
  • Established basis to calculate equivalent film amounts for rolled film and flat film
  • Updated and clarified requirements for the number of nitrate-based film projectors that are permitted in a film projection enclosure

Formatting changes improve usability, consistency, and comprehension. (Softbound, 19 pp., 2011)

NFPA® 40 Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film 2011 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope
1.2 Purpose
1.3 Application
1.4 Retroactivity
1.5 Equivalency
1.6 Approval of Plans
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General
2.2 NFPA Publications
2.3 Other Publications
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections. (Reserved)
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions
3.3 General Definitions
Chapter 4 Construction Requirements and Arrangements of Buildings
4.1 Construction
4.2 Exits
4.3 Explosion Venting
4.4 Space for Workers
4.5 Tables and Racks
4.6 Electrical Equipment
4.7 Heating, Cooling, and Refrigeration Equipment
4.8 Duct Systems
Chapter 5 Fire Protection
5.1 Automatic Sprinklers
5.2 Water Supplies
5.3 Portable Fire Extinguishers
Chapter 6 Storage of Nitrate Film
6.1 General
6.2 Film Cabinets
6.3 Vaults Other Than Extended Term Storage Vaults
6.4 Extended Term Storage Cabinets
6.5 Extended Term Storage Vaults
Chapter 7 Handling of Nitrate Film
7.1 General Conditions
7.2 Containers Required
7.3 Shielding
7.4 Scrap and Discarded Film
7.5 Transportation
Chapter 8 Motion Picture Projection and Special Processes
8.1 Enclosures for Motion Picture Projectors
Chapter 9 Special Occupancies
9.1 Motion Picture Film Exchanges
9.2 Motion Picture Film Laboratories
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B Additional Information on Cellulose Nitrate Film
Annex C History of Cellulose Nitrate Film Use and Storage
Annex D Informational References