Abrasive wheels are a powerful piece of equipment that are commonly used in construction work. They must be handling with extreme care, with the right equipment and with the right procedures in place to ensure the safety of the wheel operator and those around them.
This guide looks at abrasive wheels and the different job roles that involve the operation of abrasive wheels.
What are Abrasive Wheels?
The term ‘abrasive wheels’ relates to the abrasive particles that are bonded together to make the compound that the wheels are made of. The are also referred to as grinding or cutting wheels. They are designed for cutting and grinding materials with revolving wheels and can cut materials such as concrete or metal. They can also be fitted to other types of mechanical apparatus like angle grinders and petrol saws.
Why are abrasive wheels dangerous?
Due to the power, design and the materials used with abrasive wheels, the threat to injuring operators or colleagues is substantial. Injuries from abrasive wheels can be life changing or even fatal.
- Wheel breakage or entanglement with revolving parts – wheels breaking or becoming jammed can cause materials to be spat out by the machine, potentially causing serious injury. This can be caused by the abrasive wheel speed not being equal or greater than the machines RPM, using it on the wrong material or for its correct usage. Fixing the equipment also poses many risks to the person carrying out the maintenance and and anyone using the machinery afterwards. Only those with the correct training should be performing repairs.
- Dust and flying particles – dangerous dusts, smokes and flying particles may be emitted when cutting or grinding with the machinery. Depending on the material being worked on, some of these may be more dangerous than others. Serious respiratory issues leading to life-ending conditions such as cancer are a very real consequence of inhaling these harmful pollutants.
- Noise – operating around abrasive wheels can get incredibly loud. If the right protective measures are not put in place, permanent hearing damage can be caused, including everything from tinnitus to deafness.
- HAVS – HAVS stands for Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome, a condition which is often caused by operating vibrating machinery. This condition can lead to significant, permanent and debilitating damage to the nerves, joints and muscles of sufferers.
The only way to protect you and your colleagues from these dangers when operating abrasive wheels is for operators to have the correct training, equipment and PPE.
What is Abrasive Wheels training and who needs it?
Abrasive Wheels are extremely dangerous and training is a legal requirement for anyone operating this equipment in the workplace.
Factors such as the worker’s responsibility, job role and equipment they handle will dictate which training is needed to perform their job safely.
What does training include?
This course covers the basics in abrasive wheel health awareness, applicable to all staff who work with or around the equipment. This BAF-accredited course covers all of the essential training required by health and safety regulation to create a workplace culture of safe practise. The course explores:
- Provides a brief outline of the health and safety at work Act 1974.
- Provision & use of work Equipment regulations 1998.
- Safety in the use of abrasive wheels HSG17.
- Personal protective equipment regulations 1998.
- Hazards arising from use of abrasive wheels.
- Methods of construction of an abrasive wheel.
- Methods of storing, handling & transporting of abrasive wheels.
- Mounting procedures.
- Diamond wheels.
- Balancing of grinding wheels, correct method of dressing wheels.
- Adjustment of guards and rests.
- Practical exercise on all elements on bench grinders, handheld portable grinders/cutters
- Question papers
Abrasive Wheels training near me
We deliver our abrasive wheel courses across the whole of the UK. On top on this, we also provide in-company training to reduce the time and financial burden on companies. To discuss our courses with a member of our team, why not speak to a member of our training team on 01344 641550 or email us at email@example.com.