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Pyroxylin (Cellulose Nitrate) Plastics

Permit Holder Guideline #35

PERMIT TITLE: Pyroxylin (Cellulose Nitrate) Plastics

CODE SECTION:(Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code) 4201.2

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

SCOPE: The storage and handling of plastic substances, materials or compounds with cellulose nitrate as a base, by whatever name known, in the form of blocks, sheets, tubes or fabricated shapes shall require a permit.

PERMIT EXPIRATION: ONE (1) year from date issued.

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

  1. Cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic articles are allowed to be placed on tables not more than 3 feet (914 mm) wide and 10 feet (3048 mm) long. Tables shall be spaced at least 3 feet (914 mm) apart. Where articles are displayed on counters, they shall be arranged in a like manner.
  2. Spaces underneath tables shall be kept free from storage of any kind and accumulation of paper, refuse and other combustible material.
  3. Sales or display tables shall be so located that in the event of a fire at the table, the table will not interfere with free means of egress from the room in at least one direction.
  4. Lighting shall not be located directly above cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic material, unless provided with a suitable guard to prevent heated particles from falling.
  5. Raw nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic material in a Group F building shall be stored and handled in accordance with sections 4204.1.1 through 4204.1.7 of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
  6. The manufacture or storage of articles of cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic in quantities exceeding 100 pounds (45 kg) shall be located in a building or portion thereof equipped throughout with an approved automatic sprinkler system in accordance with section 903.3.1.1 of the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
  7. Sources of ignition shall not be located in rooms in which cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic in excess of 25 pounds (11 kg) is handled or stored.
  8. Rooms in which cellulose nitrate (pyroxylin) plastic is handled or stored shall be heated by low-pressure steam or hot water radiators.

Contact Information:

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City of Richmond
201 E. Franklin St.
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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