‘Abrasive wheels’ is a term used to cover equipment such as angle or bench-mounted grinders which are popular power tools used for grinding, de-burring, fettling, polishing, sanding and buffing.


Various types of abrasive products can be used and the equipment includes powered wheels, cylinders or belts made with abrasive materials. They are very fast moving and therefore, unless they are fitted and used correctly, they can be very dangerous and can cause serious injury. Health & safety legislation requires that training is given to anyone using such equipment.

The course looks at the different types of equipment and abrasive wheels and covers subjects including choosing the correct equipment, the safety aspects when using it and maintaining the abrasive wheels. It also includes the legal responsibilities when using them.

The course deals with safety and it should not replace practical training, although it is useful as a refresher. It is not designed to teach someone how to fit and use abrasive wheels.


Duration: 40 Minutes

Abrasive Wheels Safety Training Course Content

1. Abrasive Wheels


This section covers risks of using wheels, the legislation and the responsibilities of both an employer and a user of the equipment. It covers the risk assessment, what Personal Protective Equipment should be required, using machine guards and defining the need for breaks from the work. It also covers the use of Hot Work Permits.

2. Wheel Types


This section looks at the BS (British Standard) marking system and how to identify the different types of wheels, including reading the supplier data regarding, dimensions, restrictions on use and operating speeds.

3. Choosing the Correct Wheel


This is one of the most important aspects of using the equipment safely. This section covers the 6 main characteristics of abrasive wheels which must be taken into consideration when deciding upon the correct type of wheel for the use you wish to put it to.

4. Using and Maintaining the Equipment


The right wheel having been selected it now needs to be set up and installed correctly. This section covers what checks are required and how to maintain the abrasive wheels properly and this includes handling, maintenance and storage – from taking the wheel out of its packaging to storing it.

It also deals with ‘Ring Tests’ and mounting the wheel, including flanges and blotters, safety checks and wheel maintenance, including truing, dressing and balancing.


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