Abrasive Wheels


This Abrasive Wheels course online, provides the knowledge needed to work safely with Abrasive Wheels.

Verifiable, CPD-accredited certificate emailed on successful completion.

DURATION | 45 minutes

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This Abrasive Wheels online training course is for everyone working with abrasive wheels.

Nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to an unsafe system of work or operator error.

Appropriately training staff on the safe use of abrasive wheels is required by UK law because it reduces the chance of incidents happening.

This online Abrasive Wheels course covers the most recent guidance from the health and safety executive.

A verifiable, CPD-Accredited certificate is emailed on completion.

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  • Abrasive Wheels
  • What is an Abrasive Wheel
  • Abrasive Wheel Law
  • Abrasive Wheel Labelling
  • Labelling For Abrasive Wheels
  • Moving Abrasive Wheels

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The Abrasive Wheels course objective is to provide delegates with an understanding of the UK HSE guidance document on the safety use of abrasive wheels.

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UNIT 1 | Underpinning knowledge

In this first unit we explore what abrasive wheels are and how they work. We look at the functions of the different components used with abrasive wheels and the labelling system that helps workers select the right wheel for the job at hand. Finally, we look at the legal and moral responsibilities of employers and employees.

Specifically we cover;

  • What is an abrasive wheel?
  • How do abrasive wheels work?
  • Different types of abrasive wheel
  • Components of a typical pedestal grinding
  • Labelling abrasive wheels
  • The Law
  • Employer Duties
  • Employee Duties

UNIT 2 | Hazards & Safety Controls

In Unit 2 we will cover the hazards and risks of injury from working with abrasive wheels, as well as explaining the appropriate safety controls to reduce the chance of accidents happening.

Specifically we cover;

  • Abrasive wheel hazards and how to identify them
  • How to check abrasive wheels for damage
  • Safety Controls – moving wheels
  • Safety Controls – storage
  • Choosing the correct wheel
  • Setting up the workspace
  • Work rests
  • Wheel guards and shields
  • Mounting the wheel
  • Beginning work
  • Truing and Dressing
  • PPE

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At the end of the Abrasive Wheels online training is a multiple-choice assessment.  Achieve 80% or more and you will be emailed your completion certificate.



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  • Engaging and memorable motion-graphic course
  • Learn anywhere with an internet connection
  • Up to date with HSE best-practice
  • Verifiable, CPD-Accredited certificate
  • Carbon net-zero training solution

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What is an abrasive wheel?

In the workplace abrasive wheels are used for grinding. They vary in shape and size and are made from compounds that have been bonded together using various substances.

The earliest abrasive wheels were millstones made from stone. Today, aluminium oxide is the most common abrasive material and is often used for grinding metals such as steel.

Abrasive wheels are made using two main types of bonding agent: organic and inorganic.

Wheels with an inorganic bond are fired in a furnace which gives a hard, strong and brittle structure. This type of wheel is often used for precision grinding. Organic bonds include resinoid, rubber and shellac. Wheels with organic bonds are cured at low temperatures which makes them tough and most suited to non-precision applications.

Why is abrasive wheel training required?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 98) came into force in 1998.

The primary objective of PUWER 98 is to ensure that work equipment, including abrasive wheels, does not give rise to risks to health and safety, regardless of the work equipment’s age, condition or origin. PUWER 98 applies to all workplaces and work situations subject to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Under PUWER, employers must conduct risk assessments to ensure that any risks are minimised before commencing work.

Your employer must supply you with well-maintained, inspected and tested tools and equipment that are safe to use and suited to the intended purpose.

Your employer must provide you with suitable training.  Typically this will cover:

  • Risks
  • Labels
  • Storage, handling and transportation
  • Wheel inspection and testing
  • The functions of all components
  • How to assemble wheels correctly
  • How to dress abrasive wheels
  • How to adjust machines
  • The type of personal protective equipment you should wear

Your employer must also provide appropriate personal protective equipment and replace it when damaged or worn out.

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If you have any questions please email [email protected]

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