IEC 60825-2:2004 ED3

Safety of laser products - Part 2: Safety of optical fibre communication systems (OFCS)

Publication date:   Jun 28, 2004

General information

99.60 Withdrawal effective   Mar 16, 2021



TC 76 Optical radiation safety and laser equipment

International Standard

31.260   Optoelectronics. Laser equipment | 33.180.01   Fibre optic systems in general



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Provides requirements and specific guidance for the safe operation and maintenance of optical fibre communication systems (OFCS). In these systems optical power may be accessible outside the confinements of transmitting equipment or at great distance from the optical source. This Part 2 requires the assessment of hazard levels at accessible locations as a replacement for classification according to IEC 60825-1. It applies to the complete installed end-to-end OFCS, including its components and subassemblies that generate or amplify optical radiation. Individual components and subassemblies that are sold only to OEM vendors for incorporation into a complete installed end-to-end OFCS need not be assessed to this standard, since the final OFCS should itself be assessed according to this standard. The objective of this Part 2 of IEC 60825 is to:
- protect people from optical radiation resulting from OFCS;
- provide requirements for manufacturers, installation organizations, service organizations and operating organizations in order to establish procedures and supply information so that proper precautions can be adopted;
- ensure adequate warnings are provided to individuals regarding the potential hazards associated with OFCS through the use of signs, labels and instructions.
The contents of the interpretation sheet 1 of April 2008 and 2 of June 2018 have been included in this copy.

Life cycle


IEC 60825-2:2000 ED2


IEC 60825-2:2004 ED3
99.60 Withdrawal effective
Mar 16, 2021


Amended by
IEC 60825-2:2004/AMD1:2006 ED3

Amended by
IEC 60825-2:2004/AMD2:2010 ED3


IEC 60825-2:2021 ED4