Abrasive Wheel Safety Training


This Abrasive Wheel Safety Training provides the knowledge you need to keep yourself and others safe during the handling, operation, and maintenance of Abrasive Wheels. We look at the requirements under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment (PUWER) Regulations, Safety in the Use of Abrasive Wheels HSG17 and a brief outline of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. It provides an in-depth look at the dangers they pose and how to spot them; the legal responsibilities of both employers and employees; how to store and regularly inspect the safety of any wheels you use; as well as considering the different kinds of wheels available and to specific jobs.  Nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels occur because of an unsafe system of work or operator error

Learning outcomes

  • Learn about the different type of abrasive wheels, how they can be used in different ways and the different dangers they pose.
  • Understand how to select the right abrasive wheel for the job you are doing
  • Understand PUWER 1998 and the British Standard System of marking and identifying wheels

Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. An introduction to Abrasive Wheels

There are many different types of abrasive wheels, each designed to be used in different ways –for example, some are used for cutting, some for shaping, some for removing sharp edges and some are used for cleaning or preparing materials for another process. This section looks at the dangers, laws and legislation and the responsibilities of both employer AND employee.

  1. The types of Abrasive Wheels

This section looks at the British Standard System of marking and identifying wheels, including the display of supplier, dimensions, restrictions on use and operating speeds.

  1. Choosing the Right Wheel

Selecting the right abrasive wheel for the job is important – getting it wrong could mean you damage your material, produce poor quality work or injure yourself or others.  Choosing the correct wheel type is the first step to working safely. Here we look at the six main characteristics of Abrasive Wheels which you need to know about when choosing the right type of abrasive wheel for the job. Finally we will look at Wheel safety and Maintenance

  1. Portable and hand-held grinding machines

The largest number of abrasive wheels used are those found on hand-held machines. These machines are often used by people who have a wide range of skills, from the domestic user to the skilled tradesman, with the predominant user being semi-skilled.  We will look at the general safety precautions for portable abrasive wheels which apply equally to all wheels used on all classes of portable machine.

About this course

If used incorrectly, abrasive wheels can be incredibly dangerous – in fact, over half of all recorded injuries are due to unsafe systems of work or errors made by the operator.

Whether as result of broken wheels, flying particles, or serious friction burns, accidents from Abrasive Wheels can be severe, resulting in hospitalisation and all too often, even blindness.

This Abrasive Wheel Safety course is comprehensive yet concise. It concentrates on safety and highlights safe working practices designed for anyone who owns, operates, handles, moves, stores, or is responsible for people who operate abrasive wheels.

It does not replace practical training in how to use abrasive wheels. Instead, it should be used alongside practical training to increase workplace safety, awareness of legal responsibilities, and reduce the chance of an injury occurring at your workplace.

Why Train with RDC Safety Limited?

RDC Safety Limited have a strong team of specialist trainers who develop and deliver bespoke courses tailored to suit your business’s individual requirements. From personal consulting, to providing training courses, and bespoke policies and procedures, RDC Safety Limited invests the time to understand your business.

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