NFPA 40: Standard for the Storage and Handling of Cellulose Nitrate Film
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What is NFPA 40?
NFPA 40: Document Scope
1.1* Scope. 1.1.1* This standard shall apply to all facilities that are involved with the storage and handling of cellulose nitrate–based film. 1.1.2 This standard shall not apply to the storage and handling of film having a base other than cellulose nitrate.
This standard provides complete guidance on safe storage and handling of still and motion picture cellulose nitrate-based film located in film cabinets, vaults, archival vaults, projection booths, laboratories, and handled at film exchanges. Official document scope
What does NFPA 40 address?
NFPA 40 covers all the issues insurance professionals, fire protection design engineers, film vault owners/operators, and enforcing officials need to know when cellulose-nitrate film is archived in a facility, including construction requirements and arrangements of buildings, fire protection, storage and handling of nitrate film, and motion picture projection.Table Of Contents.
NFPA 40, 2011 Edition: Archived Revision Information
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Report on Proposals (ROP)
Proposals can be submitted for text to be amended or included in NFPA Codes and Standards. Following the Call for Proposals period, the responsible Technical Committee or Panel holds a meeting to consider and act on all submitted proposals. The committee or panel may also develop its own proposals. A document known as the Report on Proposals (ROP) is prepared containing all the Public Proposals, Technical Committees' action on each Proposal, as well as all Committee-generated proposals. The ROP for the document in question is submitted for the approval of the responsible TC or Panel by a formal written ballot. If the ROP does not receive approval via written ballot in accordance with NFPA rules, the Report is returned to the committee for further consideration and is not published. If the necessary approval is received, the ROP is published in a compilation of Reports on Proposals issued by NFPA twice yearly for public review and comment, and the process continues to the next step. The ROP is published and widely distributed and anyone may download or request a copy.
Report on Comments (ROC)
Report on Comments (ROC)
Once the ROP becomes available, there is a 60-day comment period during which time anyone may submit a public comment on the proposed changes documented in the ROP. The committee or panel reconvenes at the end of the comment period and acts on all public comments. This committee or panel may also develop its own comments. As before, approval obtained via written ballot in accordance with NFPA's Regulations is required on all committee and panel actions. All of this information is compiled into a second Report, called the Report on Comments (ROC), which like the ROP, is published and made available for public review for a seven-week period.
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Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
Motions Committee Report (NITMAM)
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