As you serve at a company where employee job descriptions are broad, you often find yourself working in new areas on a project basis. You are one of the competent employees that the VP has chosen to form into a team to create an Employee Handbook. Your team will work specifically to develop safety policies and procedures for workers at the fiber-optic manufacturing plant in Moline. Because some of the workers at the plant will come from other plants where policies may have been different, it is important that the new policies are in place on day one. It is also important that safety policies be in compliance with government regulations and standards.
At a minimum, each policy statement should include the following subsections:
* Statement of purpose
* General principles
Policies must be developed for each of the following areas:
* Eye and face protection
* Fiber optic safety
Information for the policy statements
Eye protection: laser safety glasses at the proper frequency
ANSI Z136.2-1997, a standard on fiber optic safety, classifies the emitters into service groups ranging from SG1 to SG4. An SG1 emitter is considered safe based on current medical knowledge. This is what is normally used in fiber systems for carrying video or data in a broadcast facility, but some amplifiers can employ vision-damaging SG3. Infrared light does not trigger normal visible bright light reactions in the eye, so it is best to develop a habit of never looking into a fiber that may be lit. disconnect laser light from source to prevent eye damage.
Any fiber optic emitter that exceeds SG3 requires eye protection.
Exposure to small fragments. Wear gloves and don't rub eyes or face. Use a dark colored, flexible mat to see fibers and make them easier to pick up with Tweezers. The mat should be chemically resistant. Keep area clean and trash cans with fiber optics fragments carefully taken care of. Use a trash can designed to be closed to trap the fiber fragments when possible.
In addition to the danger to the eye and skin from light and fiber fragments, another safety issue is exposure to the prep and cleaning chemicals. These are chemicals used for cleaning prior to installing connectors, the chemicals used to install the connectors, and the chemicals used in the installation of the fiber.
To comply with OSHA requirements, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the chemicals should be available and referred to for specific precautions and instructions. This sheet should be read and filed with the others for future reference. Before handling a chemical for the first time, you should become familiar with its MSDS.
The typical chemicals used for cleaning will be isopropyl alcohol and acetone. Connectors will come with epoxies or require the use of a particular epoxy in their assembly. Other chemicals could be cable lube and gels. Operators should keep the ...
A limited look at how to create a handbook for a fiber optic company using policy statement, safety issues.