Abrasive wheels are wheels consisting of abrasive particles. They can be used for a wide variety of tasks, such as shaping, cutting, grinding, sanding and cleaning, and are used in many industries. But abrasive wheels are potentially dangerous tools.
If proper practices and control measures are not in place, they can cause serious injuries and ill-health. Estimates suggest that more than half of all accidents happen because the system of work is unsafe or users make mistakes.
This training course covers the following:
- Outlines the hazards and risks of working with abrasive wheels
- Identifies the elements of an abrasive wheel, the wheel markings and the functions of flanges, bushes, nuts and blotters
- Describes how to store, handle, transport, inspect, assemble, mount, test and use abrasive wheels properly
The Abrasive Wheels online training course is intended to provide those who work with abrasive wheels with general information on how to use them safely. It should not be used as a substitute for thorough, practical training.
The course describes the different hazards and risks associated with using abrasive wheels and how employees and employers can work together to implement and follow safety procedures and appropriate control measures.
These include ensuring that abrasive wheels are selected, handled, stored, examined and used properly, as well as complying with other requirements such as guarding and personal protective equipment (PPE). It also explains which type of incidents require reporting and why it is important to report them.
This course is suitable for anyone who uses abrasive wheels. The course can be used as an introduction to abrasive wheels prior to starting practical training. Or it can be used as a refresher course for those who have already completed thorough, practical training on the use of abrasive wheels.
This course is not suitable for those who are responsible for mounting abrasive wheels, as mounting wheels requires more in-depth training.