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The Light Brigade® Incorporates Latest Standards in Fiber Optic Safety Training DVD


Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – The Light Brigade, AFL’s education and training division, has incorporated the content of the ANSI Z 136.2 standard along with the international IEC 60825-2 optical fiber communications safety standard to its Fiber Optic Safety DVD. The new ANSI standard provides guidance for the safe use, maintenance, service and installation of fiber optic and free space optical communications systems which use laser diodes that operate between standard wavelengths of 850-1650 nm. The standard is applicable for those who assemble, service or maintain end-to-end fiber optic communication systems and optical components.

“As installers build and test a system, awareness of possible risks is crucial,” stated Ron Peterson, Chairman of the Standards Subcommittee (SSC-2) under the NSIASC, and who also spearheaded the team that crafted the guidelines.

The standard is published by the Laser Institute of America (LIA), a recognized industry leader in laser advocacy and safety education. To order the ANSI Z136.2 standard (ISBN# 978-0-912035-68-0), visit or call LIA at 1.800.34.LASER.

The Light Brigade’s Fiber Optic Safety DVD serves as a training tool to help enhance the fiber optic safety program for anyone who works with optical fibers or lasers or who installs or operates fiber optic communication systems. The DVD’s 10 menu-selectable chapters focus on topics relevant to today’s fiber technicians, including:

  • Laser types and classifications, how they operate and various control measures

  • National and international fiber optic and laser safety standards

  • Optical fiber handling and safety

  • Chemicals and right-to-know documentation

  • Fiber and laser testing and inspection equipment types and applications

  • The impact of high-power Raman and EDFA optical amplifiers

  • Safety practices during installation and restoration

  • Potential safety problems along with their causes and possible solutions

  • Safety in confined spaces

  • Types of personal protective equipment

Bonus materials provided on the DVD include a student quiz with matching instructor version, written in Microsoft® Word format, which allows customization for specific safety needs. BICSI® recognizes Fiber Optic Safety DVD training for the following BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs): one RCDD; one RITP; one Installer 2, one Technician and one Certified Trainer.

The Light Brigade will showcase this video at booth #2641 at the OFC/NFOEC show in Anaheim, CA, March 19-21. For additional information or to order a copy of the Fiber Optic Safety DVD, visit
About The Light Brigade
Since 1987, The Light Brigade has instructed over 45,000 attendees in its public and custom classes on fiber optic design, maintenance, and testing, including advanced topics such as FTTx, DWDM and PMD/CD. In addition to creating custom courses tailored to any need or skill level, the company produces educational DVDs and CDs.
About AFL
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas, mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The company’s diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable, transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment, connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL’s service portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost communications companies supporting inside plant central office, EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.

Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise, exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. The company is headquartered in Spartanburg, S.C., and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of Japan. For more information, visit
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