While the OC (amber) filter may be safe for some papers, many prefer the extra safety of a no. 13 (dark amber), Ilford 902 (light brown) or 1A (red), for VC papers which are more susceptible to safelight fogging. Having said that, I used an OC for years without harm, but at a distance of at least 2 metres.
Thanks for the welcome, fotch.
Just for the record here is the Ilford recommendation from the Multigrade tech sheet:
MULTIGRADE IV FB Fiber can be used with most
common safelights for black and white papers. The
ILFORD safelights are especially recommended as
they generally allow darkrooms to be brighter, but
completely safe, for MULTIGRADE IV FB Fiber and
many black and white papers.
ILFORD safelights are the ILFORD SL1 darkroom
safelight or the ILFORD 902 (light brown) safelight
filter fitted in a darkroom lamp (for example, the
ILFORD DL10 or DL20). A 15W bulb is
recommended with these safelights.
For direct lighting, do not expose the paper to the
safelight for more than 4 minutes, and the distance
between the paper and the safelight should be a
minimum of 1.2m/4ft.
Other safelight filters can be used, for example,
the Kodak OC and the Agfa-Gevaert G7, or the
Philips PF710 safelamp."
...and the Kodak blurb on the OA and OC filters:
"OA Greenish yellow (for) Black-and-white contact and duplicating materials, projection films (i.e. NOT green-sensitive materials)
OC Light amber Contact and enlarging papers (this would work )
Red would work too, since it has even less green than the OC.
Here's a link to the Kodak tech pub: http://www.kodak.com/global/en/profe...845/ti0845.pdf
Whatever safelights you end up with, you need to test them for safety.