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Safety in the use of Abrasive Wheels

The risk of breakage is inherent in every abrasive wheel. If the number of breakages is to be kept low, the initial care exercised in the design, manufacture and testing by abrasive wheel and machine makers must be coupled with the adoption of safety measures by the users.

Accident statistics indicate that nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operator error.

In relation to abrasive wheels, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 requires, among other things, that all machinery is suitable for its intended use and is properly maintained, and that employees, including those using, mounting and managing the operation of abrasive wheels, are fully informed and properly trained in their safe use.

There is no substitute for thorough practical training in all aspects of the mounting and use of abrasive wheels.

Any training programme should cover at least the following:

(a) hazards and risks arising from the use of abrasive wheels and the precautions to be observed;

(b) methods of marking abrasive wheels with their type, size and maximum operating speed;

(c) how to store handle and transport abrasive wheels;

(d) how to inspect and test abrasive wheels for damage;

(e) the functions of all the components used with abrasive wheels such as flanges, blotters, bushes, nuts etc;

(f) how to assemble abrasive wheels correctly to make sure they are properly balanced and fit to use;

(g) the proper method of dressing an abrasive wheel (removing dulled abrasive or other material from the cutting surface and/or removing material to correct any uneven wear of the wheel);

(h) the correct adjustment of the work rest on pedestal or bench grinding machines;

(i) the use of suitable personal protective equipment, for example eye protection

Do you require Abrasive Wheels training? You Can Do It offers a half-day course that is designed to help individuals, who work with Abrasive Wheels, understand their responsibilities within the workplace.

Contact us to book a course, or to inquire about your business and requirements:

01782 438813

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