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Safe Fiber Optic Installation


Fiber optic systems transmit digital information using light -- visible or infra-red. The pulses of light are sent down cables made up of long glass-like filaments. Because light is involved and because these filaments are very friable, special precautions are necessary in fiber optic installation. Strong light sources can be hazardous to eyesight, while fragments of broken fiber optic cable can cause injury. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Safe Fiber Optic Installation

Safe Fiber Optic Installation
  • Fiber optic cables and installations should only
    be handled by people who've been trained in
    proper handling and safety precautions, and who
    have access to the required safety clothing and
    equipment. The general public should not be
    allowed to enter an area where fiber optic
    installation is in progress.

Light Hazards
  • Although the light transmitted along fiber optic
    cables is generally of a low intensity, looking
    into the end of a cable can still be dangerous to
    your eyesight. Testing equipment is available
    that lets you know whether a fiber is "dark" (not
    connected to a light source) before you look at
    it. If visible light is in use, look at the fiber
    from an angle, holding it at least six inches
    away to see if light is present.

General Physical Hazards
  • When cutting, splicing (joining) or terminating
    (fitting terminals to) fiber optic cables, you
    are continually exposing the bare ends of the
    fibers and creating minute scraps of broken
    fiber. These are small, brittle and very
    difficult to see. The ends of these fiber scraps
    are extremely sharp and can easily penetrate skin
    or become lodged in your eyes.

Chemical Hazards
  • The process of splicing and terminating fiber
    optic cables can require the use of chemical
    cleaners and adhesives. These need to be handled
    carefully as they can include irritant and
    flammable substances. Follow the manufacturer's
    guidelines for handling each substance.

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