Covered in this course

The Abrasive Wheel Safety 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. Our course includes:

  • Risk assessments
  • PPE
  • Safety guards
  • Work rests
  • Hot work permits
  • General safety
Diagram of the components present in an abrasive wheel

2) 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.

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

3) Choosing the Right Wheel

Since abrasive wheels are used for a great many different tasks on a wide range of materials they vary hugely in their specification. 

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.

Large close up of a part of an abrasive wheel

4) Wheel Safety and Maintenance

Having chosen the correct wheel, the next step is to correctly set up and install the abrasive wheel. You need to know which checks should be done and you also need to know how to look after abrasive wheels properly, including handling, maintaining and storing them.

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. We cover safety checks and we cover wheel maintenance (including truing, dressing and balancing), handling and storage.

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

Abrasive Wheel Safety Certificate

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 questionnaires 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 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.

Abrasive Wheel Safety Certificate

Real user reviews

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4.37 out of 5
Very clear and informative

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learn a lot of things I didn't know before about abrasive wheel safety.

Very good easy to understand course

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Excellent online course

Very good online course covering All Information to every small detail, well recommended

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This course gives you a great depth of knowledge about so many different grinding stones and cutting blades and highlights the dangers and reminds you of the H+S that is required when using these types of machines.

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Legislations relating to Abrasive Wheel Safety

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

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.

In addition, the following pieces of legislation apply to those working with Abrasive Wheels:

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 
Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 

The dangers of abrasive wheels

Due to abrasive wheels being incredibly fast moving and having abrasive particles, they have the potential to be very dangerous.

Over half of abrasive wheel accidents are due to the wrong type of wheel being fitted and around 33% of accidents are caused by overspeeding the wheel. Both of which could be avoided with sufficient abrasive wheel training.

Why is abrasive wheel training required?

Every year there are thousands abrasive wheel injuries and the vast majority of them are preventable. People working with abrasive wheels need to know the types of abrasive wheel and their purposes (to help them choose the correct wheel in the first place), the potential risks, how to use them safely and how to maintain them.

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