Best Practice of Safe Disposal of Fibers

While splicing or terminating optical fibers, pieces of fiber are cleaved off or can break off in the stripping process. This glass is very small, sometimes nearly microscopic. It is difficult to find, harder to remove and can get stuck in clothing, onto hands, and into the skin. If they were to end up in your lunch, they could lead to internal bleeding and conceivably death. The fiber technician not only has the responsibility for his or her own safety, but for the safety of others who may come in contact with this fiber.

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Fiber scraps should never be thrown on the ground, on a floor, or openly placed in wastebaskets. Fiber debris should be confined in a special container or bagged in a zipper storage bag, sealed and then placed into a trash bin separate from those handled by the office cleaning staff.

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