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

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2016 NFPA 40 Standard
Prior Years Prior Editions of NFPA 40

NFPA 40: Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film addresses fire protection for still and motion picture film.

Cellulose nitrate motion picture film requires special fire safety and fire protection precautions due to its extreme flammability. Developed through research and lessons learned, NFPA 40 is your one-stop source for provisions concerning every aspect of storage and handling of cellulose nitrate motion picture film in film cabinets and archival vaults, motion picture projection booths and theaters, laboratories, and film exchanges.

To avoid fire and related hazards -- and protect people and property -- facility designers and engineers, code enforcers and inspectors, and film vault owners and operators need the most up-to-date requirements for safe storage, handling, and fire protection, for nitrate film, 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

Only the 2016 edition of NFPA 40 provides:

  • Clarification on which types of containers should be used for motion picture film versus flat film
  • New guidance for using laboratory-grade refrigerators or freezers to slow or halt nitrate decay

In another revision, additional Annex material expands on the equivalency between the weight of film and the number of rolls of motion picture film or the number of flat film negatives. This change enables the requirements in the 2016 NFPA 40 (given in mass of film) to be applied to both forms of film. (Softbound, Approx. 20 pp., 2016)

NFPA® 73 Standard for Electrical Inspections for Existing Dwellings 2016 Edition

Chapter 1 Administration
1.1 Scope.
1.2 Purpose.
1.3 Application.
1.4 Equivalency.
Chapter 2 Referenced Publications
2.1 General.
2.2 NFPA Publications.
2.3 Other Publications.
2.4 References for Extracts in Mandatory Sections.
Chapter 3 Definitions
3.1 General.
3.2 NFPA Official Definitions.
3.3 General Definitions.
Chapter 4 General Requirements
4.1 General Examination and Use of Installed Equipment.
4.2 Services, Outside Feeders, and Outside Branch Circuits.
4.3 Panelboards and Distribution Equipment.
4.4 Overcurrent Protective Devices.
4.5 Cables, Cable Assemblies, and Conductors.
4.6 Flexible Cords and Cables.
4.7 Raceways.
4.8 Permanently Connected Luminaires (Lighting Fixtures).
4.9 Boxes and Enclosures.
4.10 General-Use Switches and Receptacles.
Chapter 5 Appliances and Special Equipment
5.1 Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
5.2 Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Alarms.
5.3 Appliances and Utilization Equipment.
5.4 Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters.
5.5 Ceiling-Suspended (Paddle) Fans.
Annex A Explanatory Material
Annex B National Electrical Code References
Annex C Sample Ordinance Adopting NFPA 73
Annex D Informational References