An abrasive wheel is defined as a wheel consisting of abrasive components, made up of small abrasive particles (grit) that have been bonded together using organic or inorganic substances to form wheel structures of different thickness.

They are used for surface modification or preparations (external or internal) by periphery grinding, abrasive cut-off and face grinding standard designs; they (disc) can also be used for cutting materials. Some are used for polishing, debarring, sanding and finishing.

These power-driven wheels are therefore defined by:

  • The grit size
  • The bonding or coating material
  • The abrasive material used
  • The wheel grade
  • The wheel structure

Risks of working with abrasive wheel include wheel breakage/bursting, contact or entanglement with a running wheel, physical injury from the component being ground, noise and dust inhalation. Statistics show that nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operational error.

Course content

  • Legal requirements and responsibilities
  • Nature of hazards and identification of risks
  • Safe work area
  • Selection of correct machinery and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Method of marking, storing, handling and transporting
  • Storage, checking and use of discs
  • Machine checks
  • Mounting and dressing
  • Be able to correctly mark, store, handle and transport abrasive wheels and any ancillary equipment such as discs.

The aim of the course

By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Understand the legal requirements and their responsibility for the safe use of abrasive wheels
  • Identify a potential hazard and its reasonable foreseeable risks
  • Select the appropriate machinery and PPE required for the work being undertaken
  • Select appropriate safety equipment that may be used and carry out appropriate pre-use checks
  • Conduct a practical exercise using the appropriate safety equipment, in a safe and efficient manner.

Who Attends

According to the PROVISION & USE OF WORK EQUIPMENT REGULATIONS 1998 (PUWER) its primary objective is to ensure that work equipment, including abrasive wheels, do not give rise to risks related to health and safety regardless of the work equipment’s age, condition or origin. Thus those required to use abrasive wheels in the workplace are required to attend the course, and upon successful completion, each delegate will receive an in-house certificate, valid for 3 years.

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