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Tukwila, WA and Spartanburg, SC – March 18, 2013 – 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 www.lia.org/ANSI 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 ten menu-selectable chapters focus on topics relevant to today’s fiber technicians, including:

• Safety in confined spaces
• Potential safety problems along with their causes and possible solutions
• Safety practices during installation and restoration
• The impact of high-power Raman and EDFA optical amplifiers
• Fiber and laser testing and inspection equipment types and applications
• Chemicals and right-to-know documentation
• Optical fiber handling and safety
• National and international fiber optic and laser safety standards
• Laser types and classifications, how they operate and various control measures
• 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 www.lightbrigade.com.

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.