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Updated October 2016

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Abrasive Wheels and Grinding Operations

The risk of breakage is inherent in every abrasive wheel. Analysis of accidents caused by wheel breakages revealed that most could have been avoided by an understanding of the risks and the required safety precautions. If the number of breakages is to be kept low, care must be exercised by abrasive wheel and machine makers in the design, manufacture and testing of their equipment, and this must be coupled with the adoption of safety measures by the users. The objective of this course is to instil awareness of the hazards and safe use of abrasive wheels. We will look at the equipment and the various types of abrasive wheel available and discuss correct wheel selection, mounting, storage and handling requirements.

Approximate course duration: 60 minutes.

Module One

The aim of this course is to teach you about the following subjects:

  • Hazards in the use of abrasive wheels
  • Components of a grinding wheel
  • Types of wheel, shapes and speeds
  • Truing and dressing a wheel
  • Types of bonding agent

Approximate module duration: 30 minutes.

Module Two

The aim of this module is to teach you about the following subjects:

  • Storage and handling of wheels and other equipment
  • The functions of guards
  • Wheel selection and mounting
  • PPE used in abrasive wheel activities

Approximate module duration: 30 minutes.

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