The Optical Networking and Communication
Conference & Exhibition

Los Angeles Convention Center,
Los Angeles, California, USA

Short Courses

SC409 - Safety in Fiber Optics: From Components to Systems

Monday, 21 March
09:00 - 12:00

Short Course Level: Advanced Beginner


Larry Johnson The Light Brigade1, USA

Short Course Description:

This session serves a primer on the safety elements and concerns of anyone working with fiber optic communication systems, lasers, optical amplifiers, and optical fibers. The content includes visual safety based on ANSI and IEC laser standards for fiber optic communication systems. It also includes physical safety for handling optical fibers and chemicals, and work area safety.

This session will help attendees to develop and implement a fiber optic safety program at their workplace. In today’s workplace, job safety has never been more important. Workplace injuries can take an enormous toll in terms of lost quality of life, operating costs of business, and decreased profitability.

Short Course Benefits:

This course should enable you to:

  • Attendees will be able to identify the various ANSI and IEC classifications of laser categories as defined by the ANSI and IEC laser safety standards.

  • Attendees will be able to identify the laser types used in fiber optic communication systems and the potential safety concerns associated with each.

  • Attendees will be able to identify the types of optical amplifiers used in fiber optic communication systems and the potential safety concerns involved at different power levels.

  • Attendees will be able to describe the difference between APR and APS in fiber optic communication systems.

  • Attendees will be able to apply the properties of DWDM with the associated power levels of optical amplifiers.

  • Attendees will be able to identify potential problem areas where skin and possible eye punctures can occur and what remedies are available to minimize potential occurrences.

  • Attendees will be able to explain the various types of test, measurement, and inspection equipment and their limitations with high-powered laser transmitters.

  • Attendees will be able to develop a list addressing safety concerns towards the development of a fiber optic safety program as it pertains to fiber optic outside plant installations.

Short Course Audience:

This course is designed for those from an advanced beginner level. This is applicable to safety officers, supervisors, managers, and technicians who work with lasers, chemicals, fiber, transmission systems, and outside plant installations. For safety officers, the goal is to enhance or develop a safety program that addresses potential safety issues and concerns.

Instructor Biography:

Larry Johnson has been active in fiber optics since 1977. As Fiber Optic Specialist at Tektronix he wrote fiber optic standards and developed fiber optic test equipment. Since 1986, when he founded The Light Brigade, he has written fiber optic training courses, books, and designed a multitude of certification programs. In 2001, he was identified as a Luminary of the fiber optics industry for his role in fiber optic training. He has written content on fiber optic safety and was a contributor to the ANSI Z136.2 Fiber Optic Communications Safety standard. Since 2000, his passion has been archiving the history of fiber optics.


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