Fiber Optic Safety

Some safety issues are unique to working with fiber optics, while others are common to all aspects of cable installation. How well do you know the safety concerns for fiber optics?

1. Fiber optic safety concerns are important for techs working on cable plant _______.

Correct Answer: All of the above

2. Workers in OSP fiber optic construction should be trained and certified by the _______ in all appropriate aspects of workplace safety.

Correct Answer: Occupational Safety and Health Administration

3. For safety, aerial fiber optic cables are installed _______.

Correct Answer: Below electrical cables in the telecom space

4. When designing an underground fiber optic network, it is important to determine the location of any other buried utilities, starting with calling “811” or using the “Call Before You Dig” ( website.

Correct Answer: True

5. Contractors can use _______ and _______ to locate buried utilities not included in documentation.

Correct Answer: Ground-penetrating radar
Correct Answer: Electromagnetic locating equipment

6. During underground construction, directional boring can easily harm ________, sometimes without obvious damage to them.

Correct Answer: Waste and storm sewer pipes

7. The underground construction technique that is least likely to harm other buried utilities is _______.

Correct Answer: Microtrenching

8. During initial installation, the biggest eye safety concern for fiber splicing techs is _______.

Correct Answer: Fiber scraps

9. When splicing broken cables while restoring an operating fiber optic network, there is a different eye safety concern for techs: the high-powered light from transmission systems and fiber amplifiers that may still be operating.

Correct Answer: True

10. For the protection of the cables you are installing, you should _______ to prevent damage by future construction.

Correct Answer: Mark fiber optic cables with tracer wire or tape and signs aboveground