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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 An Introduction to Abrasive Wheels
  2. 2 The Types of Abrasive Wheels
  3. 3 Choosing the Right Wheel
  4. 4 Wheel Safety and Maintenance
An image of an abrasive wheel - Abrasive Wheel Safety Training
Diagram of the components present in an abrasive wheel

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.

Large close up of an 80m/s type of abrasive wheel

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.

Large close up of a part of an abrasive 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.

Diagram showing how to conduct a ring test as part of our abrasive wheels safety training.

Having chosen the correct wheel, the next step is to correctly set up and install the abrasive wheel. In this section, we look at how you do this, from taking an abrasive wheel out of its packaging right through to being ready to use it.

We cover ring tests and wheel mounting, which includes flanges and blotters, safety checks and wheel maintenance (including truing, dressing and balancing), handling and storage.

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 a 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 can be completed in just 40 minutes. 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.

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Keith Wickham, a presenter of Abrasive Wheel Safety Training

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Keith Wickham

The importance of Abrasive Wheel Safety Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Abrasive Wheel Safety Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Abrasive Wheel Safety Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Abrasive Wheel Safety Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Abrasive Wheel Safety Certificate

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4.7 out of 5
Easy to use

Straight to the point course with practice information.


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You've done a great job!

Informing,presented with examples and intresting to watch.Thank you


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Great training module, five star.

fascinating insight into the technical data, safety processes and procedures when working with abrasive wheels.



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Good course and informative

Informative course with easy to follow instructions.

Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

The main legislation relevant to using abrasive wheels is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (or P.U.W.E.R). Firstly, this document makes it clear that any work equipment and machinery must be fit for purpose. Secondly, it requires that anyone who’s going to use a piece of equipment – in this case, an abrasive wheel - must receive adequate training and safety information before using that equipment.

Every employer shall ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Section 9 (1)

The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces and aim to keep people safe wherever equipment and machinery are used at work. PUWER replaces the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, carrying forward the existing requirements with a number of changes and additions.

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