Abrasive Wheels Training

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What is abrasive wheels training?

Abrasive wheels training is a legal requirement under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98).  It is imperative for those operating abrasive and grinding wheel equipment in the workplace, and provides learners with guidance on precautions for the prevention of accidents in the use of abrasive wheels, particularly injury resulting from either wheel breakage or contact with a running wheel.

According to statistics provided by HSE, nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operator error.

Some of the hazards involved with abrasive and grinding wheels are more obvious, like wheel breakage or contact with a running wheel, but others are less obvious such as vibration, noise and dust.

Incorrect mounting and use of grinding equipment can lead to accidents to people, plant and equipment.

As stated by the HSE, to reduce risk to health and safety there is no substitute for abrasive wheels training, developing the knowledge and understanding of abrasive wheel operators. This is done through a mix of theory and practical training on the safe operation of machinery, and all aspects of the mounting and use of abrasive wheels.

“The TSW Trainer who delivered the training yesterday was absolutely superb.  As a trainer myself, his professionalism throughout was of the highest standard and his knowledge was thorough throughout the sessions.  The employees enjoyed the training and therefore, please say a huge thank you off us for yesterday’s Abrasive Wheels training.” – Mal Kelleher-Griffiths, CAF Rolling Stock

Who is this Course For?

This course is ideal for individuals working in construction, building, fabrication, engineering, automotive and maintenance departments including:

  • Machine Operators
  • Supervisors
  • Managers

It is suitable for just about anyone using portable tools with an abrasive wheel i.e. angle grinders, disc cutters, skill saws, concrete saws or ‘whizzers’.

What does abrasive wheels training cover?

This half-day awareness course highlights the necessary precautions required to reduce accidents and provides an understanding of key legislations in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998).

  • Introduction to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998)
  • Introduction to the PUWER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP)
  • Hazards and risks arising from the use of abrasive wheels
  • Abrasive wheel marking systems – methods of marking abrasive wheels with their type, size and maximum operating speed
  • Safe storage, handling and transport of abrasive wheels
  • Inspection and testing of abrasive wheels for damage
  • Exploration of components used in abrasive wheels such as flanges, blotters, bushes and nuts
  • Correct abrasive wheels assembly, ensuring they are properly balanced and fit for use
  • Dressing an abrasive wheel to remove dulled abrasive or foreign material from the cutting surface and/or removing material to avoid uneven wear of the wheel
  • Correct adjustment of work rests on a pedestal or bench grinding machine
  • Safe use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

Learning Outcomes

Benefits for individuals:

  • Understand the legal implications of working with grinding equipment and machinery
  • Appreciate the correct methods of storage and handling for abrasive wheels
  • Be able to demonstrate the necessary knowledge to mount abrasive wheels correctly
  • Be able to carry out maintenance on machinery

Benefits for employers:

  • Share expertise across your organisation to build a culture of health and safety awareness
  • Ensure all operators are working in line with the PUWER 1988 legislations
  • Reduce machine wear and tear through appropriate setting of machines

How is this Course Assessed?

There is an option to take a short-answer questionnaire at the end of the course. This is not an accredited qualification but TSW can certify that a person has completed the assessment successfully. 

Pre-course Preparation

No pre-course preparation is required for this course.

Delegates are requested to complete a pre-course questionnaire that will be handed to the tutor before the first day of the course. This ensures that the course is delivered to the highest quality and is relevant to learner’s needs and objectives.

Why Choose TSW Training for your Courses?

TSW Training is a leading Health and Safety, Environmental, Leadership and Management training provider working with PLCs and SME clients across the UK.

Rated 4.8/5 in 1,179 reviews by learners on independent training course evaluator, Coursecheck, TSW Training has been a trusted and established training provider of choice for 56 years.

Work with TSW Training and you have access to our closely curated team of quality-assured experts, consultants, and trainers.

In-House Delivery Exclusively For Your Ogranisation

This course can be delivered exclusively for your organisation, in any location or virtually through Microsoft Teams or Zoom. Read more on our in-house training services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The abrasive wheels training course is approximately half a day in length (4 hours). We can tailor the training to the specific needs of your organisation.

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We run this course on demand at a time and place to suit you and your team.
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