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Cellulose Nitrate Film

Permit Holder Guideline #6

PERMIT TITLE: Cellulose Nitrate Film

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 107.2 & 306.2

FEE: $75.00 (Check payable to the City of Richmond)

SCOPE:A permit is required for the storage, use or to handle Cellulose Nitrate Film.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: One (1) Year from Date of Issue.

REQUIREMENTS: Permit holder agrees to abide by the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code, NFPA 40, and any special stipulations noted on permit, as well as the following:

  1. Nitrate films shall be kept in closed, individual metal cans, or DOT-approved containers; unless actually being worked on, used or examined.
  2. Cellulose nitrate film shall not be handled unless room has at least two remote exits with aisles at least 30 inches wide.
  3. Not more than 15 people shall work in any room at one time where nitrate film is handled.
  4. Tables and racks where nitrate film is stored or worked on shall be made of noncombustible materials or wood not less than one & one half inch at it’s smallest dimensions.
  5. In any room where nitrate film is stored or handled; artificial light shall be restricted to incandescent or fluorescent light.
  6. Artificial heat shall be restricted to steam or hot water only and not to exceed 15psi. for any room where nitrate film is used or handled.
  7. Cellulose nitrate film shall not used or handled in quantities greater than 50 lbs. unless the room is protected by an Extra Hazard Occupancy Sprinkler System.
  8. Nitrate film not in use shall be stored in an approved cabinet or vault per NFPA 40.
  9. Scrap nitrate film shall be collected at daily and stored under water in a metal container with a tight fitting cover.
  10. Every room where nitrate film is handled or stored shall be equipped with a water solution or portable water fire extinguisher.

Any nitrate film transported by public conveyance shall be in compliance with DOT shipping regulations and other applicable regulations.

Contact Information:

Fire Department
City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-2500

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