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Uniformity of Laws Act (Northern Ireland) 1922

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The following regulation shall be observed in or in connection with premises where raw celluloid is kept or stored:—

All such celluloid shall be kept or stored in a fire-resisting store-room, and subject to the regulations applying to such store-rooms.


The following regulations shall be observed in or in connection with premises where cinematograph film is kept stored or manipulated:

1All stock except when actually being used or manipulated shall be kept either in a fire-resisting store-room and subject to the regulations applying to such store-rooms, or in fire-resisting receptacles which shall not be used for any other purpose and shall be plainly marked “Film.”

2Every reel of film shall, except when required to be exposed for the purposes of the work carried on in the premises, be kept in a separate and properly closed metal box.

3Not more than 10 reels or 40 pounds of film shall be exposed at any one time.

4The following provisions shall apply to every room used:—

(a)for the storing, or

(b)for the examination, cleaning, packing, re-winding or repair of film:—

(i)the room shall be used for no other purpose;

(ii)the room shall be kept properly ventilated;

(iii)adequate means of extinguishing fire, having regard to the amount of film on the premises, shall be kept constantly provided and readily available;

(iv)the furniture and apparatus shall be so arranged as to afford free egress to persons in the room in the event of fire;

(v)no open light or fire shall be allowed;

(vi)the fittings shall, so far as is practicable, be of non-inflammable or fire-resisting material;

(vii)the doors shall be self-closing, and shall, except in the case of sliding doors, be so constructed as to open outwards;

(viii)no person shall smoke in or take matches into the room;

(ix)there shall be kept posted up in large characters in the room:—

(a)a printed copy of Parts II. and III. of this Schedule;

(b)full instructions as to the action to be taken in case of fire; and

(c)full directions as to the means of escape from the room in case of fire.

5All celluloid waste and scrap on the premises shall be collected at frequent intervals and placed either in a fire-resisting store-room, or in a strong metal receptacle fitted with a hinged lid and marked “Celluloid Waste.”


The following regulations shall apply to fire-resisting store-rooms:—

1The store-room shall be constructed of fire-resisting material in such manner as to prevent as far as is reasonably practicable any fire occurring in the store-room from spreading to other parts of the premises or to other premises, and any fire occurring outside the store-room from reaching the contents thereof.

2The store-room shall be properly ventilated.

3The fittings of the store-room shall, so far as is practicable, be of non-inflammable or fire-resisting material.

4Adequate means of extinguishing fire shall be kept constantly provided and readily available.

5No open light and no means of heating shall be allowed in the store-room.

6If electric light is used, all conductors and apparatus shall be so constructed, installed, protected, worked and maintained as to prevent danger. Vacuum-type lamps only shall be used, and shall be in fixed positions and fitted with substantial outer protecting globes.

7No person shall smoke in or take matches into the store-room.

8The doors of the store-room shall be self-closing and shall be kept securely locked, except when articles are being placed therein or removed therefrom.

9The store-room shall not be used for any purpose other than the keeping of celluloid or cinematograph film, and shall be clearly marked “Celluloid” or “Film.”

10Not more than one ton of celluloid and not more than five hundred and sixty reels or one ton of cinematograph film shall be kept in one store-room:

Provided that, where a store-room is divided into separate compartments by separate fire-resisting partitions without any openings therein, each such compartment may, for the purposes of this provision, be regarded as a separate store-room.

11When both celluloid and cinematograph film are stored in one store-room, the aggregate quantity therein shall, at no time, exceed one ton.

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