Abrasive wheels are powered wheels, cylinders, belts or points made from, or coated with, abrasive particles; they are incredibly fast moving, which can make them very dangerous and injuries can be extremely serious. Safety training is therefore essential. In fact, around half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to them being used incorrectly or without the proper controls in place.
This course looks at the different types of abrasive wheels and explains how to choose the right one. It then concentrates on safety when handling, using and looking after abrasive wheels; finally covering the legal responsibilities for safety when working with them.
This programme concentrates on safety, it does not replace practical training. It does not teach someone how to use abrasive wheels.
This section looks at the dangers, laws and legislation and the responsibilities of both employer AND employee. It includes:
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.
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.
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.
This Abrasive Wheels Safety Training training programme concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with 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 re-print certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.
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.
The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces and aims to keep people safe wherever equipment and machinery is 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: