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?
Created by: Jim Hayes
1. Fiber optic safety concerns are important for techs working on cable plant _______.
D. 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.
A. Fiber Optic Association
B. Occupational Safety and Health Administration
C. International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers
D. Federal Communications Commission
3. For safety, aerial fiber optic cables are installed _______.
A. Adjacent to electrical cables
B. Below electrical cables in the telecom space
C. With armored conductive strength members
D. In self-supporting bundles of cables
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” (www.callbeforeyoudig.org) website.
5. Contractors can use _______ and _______ to locate buried utilities not included in documentation.
A. Ground-penetrating radar
B. Electromagnetic locating equipment
D. Infrared sensing
6. During underground construction, directional boring can easily harm ________, sometimes without obvious damage to them.
A. Water mains
B. High-pressure gas lines
C. Waste and storm sewer pipes
D. Other communications cables
7. The underground construction technique that is least likely to harm other buried utilities is _______.
C. Directional boring
8. During initial installation, the biggest eye safety concern for fiber splicing techs is _______.
A. Light from arc fusion splicing
B. Fiber scraps
C. Laser light in the fiber
D. Chemical fumes
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.
10. For the protection of the cables you are installing, you should _______ to prevent damage by future construction.
A. Bury underground cables at proper depth
B. Mark fiber optic cables with tracer wire or tape and signs aboveground
C. Ensure your cables are included in the “Call Before You Dig” database