Abrasive wheels – Health and Safety principles


Abrasive wheels – Introduction to the health and safety principles

The abrasive wheels – Introduction to the health and safety principles online course provides knowledge of the risks associated with abrasive wheels and practical steps to minimise the risks they pose. The training guides learners about the types of abrasive wheels, their careful handling, operation, and maintenance to prevent injuries in the use of abrasive wheels.

Objectives of Abrasive Wheel Training Online

The course will help trainees to:

  • Maximise awareness of the risks associated with the usage of handheld abrasive wheel tools
  • Increase awareness of the types of abrasive wheels, their equipment, and the associated hazards
  • Familiarise themselves with specific risk assessment processes and safety precautions before commencing work with abrasive wheels
  • Develop an understanding of general principles required to set up, operate, and care for equipment

Course Content of Abrasive Wheels Course Online

This abrasive wheels safety course is broken into the following sections:

  • Safety principles – Part 1
  • Safety Principles – Part 2
  • Setting up a tool
  • Operating a tool
  • Servicing and care
  • Summary of all the sections mentioned above
  • Knowledge test to assess trainee’ learning from our course

Target Audience of Abrasive Wheel Training Online

This e-learning training is intended for:

  • All the employees who use abrasive wheels as a part of their job
  • Any organisation that employs people who use abrasive wheels whilst working
  • Anyone who wants to develop a basic understanding to operate abrasive wheels

It is important to note that this abrasive wheels safety course does not cover the use of a specialist grinding machines. However, general health and safety information regarding the use of abrasive wheels are taught throughout the training.

Abrasive wheel training requirements

This e-learning course is written at an introductory level and does not have any pre-requisites.

Benefits of Abrasive Wheels Training Course

Training delivery benefits for employees 

  • Comprehensive yet concise online course – 30 minutes running time
  • Immediate access to all the registered users
  • Trainees can start the e-learning course immediately after registration
  • Educates trainees about the health and safety risks associated with the usage of abrasive wheel tools
  • Increases awareness of the safety principles to minimise the risk of injuries that might occur whilst the use of abrasive wheels
  • Improves risk perception and encourages better ownership of issues associated with abrasive wheels whilst working
  • Increases trainee’s awareness of the operation of abrasive wheels to achieve a high level of safety whilst working with abrasive wheels
  • Educates trainees about the care and maintenance of these tools to reduce the rate of abrasive wheel accidents
  • Offers flexibility – the course runs successfully on multiple devices (desktop computers, tablets, laptops, and smartphones)
  • Offers convenience – the Human Focus LMS (Learning Management System) allows trainees to complete the course at a convenient time. The LMS saves every trainee’s progress with the course and allows to resume later, whenever suitable
  • Provides immediate feedback through end test
  • RoSPA-Approved abrasive wheels certificate(s) on completing the course successfully

Training delivery benefits for organisations 

  • Aids organisations to fulfil legal responsibilities to protect the safety of employees
  • Improves employees’ motivation to perform the job to a high safety standard
  • Builds a positive reputation of the organisation within the industry

Online Abrasive Wheels Training Course Format

Training format: Online course that can be taken on any electronic device including PC, laptop, tablet, or any smartphone

Course duration: 30 minutes, approximately 

  • RoSPA-approved course Multi-lingual course content can be translated into different international languages
  • Knowledge test at the end of course
  • Abrasive wheels certificate

The abrasive wheel training online has a total running time of 30 minutes. But the Human Focus LMS provides trainees the opportunity to pass the course in one round or multiple rounds.

In addition, the LMS provides trainees with record management and reporting features. With the help of these features, they can access training progress, its current status, and results that are all stored centrally in the LMS. The data also acts as proof of legal compliance.

End of Course Knowledge test

The Human Focus’ version of the abrasive wheels course has a small online test at the end. This knowledge test appears when trainees complete all sections of the course. It aims to evaluate trainees’ learning from this course. Details of the knowledge test are as follows:

  • The test format is 100% online
  • There are five sections in the knowledge test
  • Each section comprises of 15 multiple choice questions
  • Trainees need to achieve at least 80% in the knowledge test to receive the RoSPA-approved certificate

There are also short mini-quizzes after each section. These are designed to reinforce learning and to help trainees pass the end test.

Abrasive Wheels Certificate

On passing the knowledge test, trainees immediately get the completion certificate approved by RoSPA in PDF format. The course has a validity period of 3 years.

However, if trainees fail to pass the test in the first attempt, they get the chance to reattempt without paying any extra fee within their subscription period.

Abrasive Wheels Awareness- Background Information

An abrasive wheel is a cylindrical disc made up of abrasive particles that are bonded together with the help of organic or inorganic substances. These wheels are used in multiple tools and manufacturing processes raging from grinding to cutting, within multiple industries. They are an integral part of various equipment such as surface grinders and are useful at all stages of a work process to make preliminary cuts in materials or for fine polishing and finishing.

Different abrasive wheels possess different characteristics and are suitable for specific tasks. They have different properties and cause various risks and hazards whilst handling and operating. Hence, it is important to select the correct abrasive wheel with the right machinery to get the job done without causing injuries and accidents.

Risks Associated with Abrasive wheels

Abrasive wheels offer an effective way to cut and a smooth number of materials but they can be dangerous if used incorrectly.

The HSE states:

Almost half of the accidents that involve abrasive wheels occur due to unsafe system of work or the operator error.”

People who use abrasive wheels are exposed to several risks, including:

  • Eye injuries
  • Finger amputation
  • Skin cuts
  • Head injuries
  • Foot injuries

These injuries are caused by flying abrasive, ejected materials, or from contact with the tool itself.

However, the potential hazards surrounding the use of abrasive wheels are highly dependent on the type of equipment being operated, the working environment, and the material one is working with.

  1. Touching the abrasive wheel 

Accidental touching an abrasive wheel can result in severe damage to the skin. Grinding and cutting tools cause serious skin injuries, if a worker comes in contact with them. This suggests the essential need for personal protective equipment and why workers must wear them before commencing work.

  1. Bursting 

The bursting of the an abrasive wheel is highly dangerous for the operator or anyone within its vicinity. The risk of bursting is particularly high with new wheels. The appropriate control measures, such as ensuring the wheel runs at the suggested speed parameters, can help minimise the risk.

However, the RoSPA-Approved abrasive wheel training online by Human Focus helps to create awareness about correct working procedures to minimize the risk of injuries.

  1. Sparks 

Abrasive wheels can create sparks while in use. This may lead to fires and even explosions if work surroundings are not kept ventilated and clean. It is the employers’ duty to provide a clean, ventilated environment and the right PPE to avoid such incidents.

Legal Responsibility to minimise injuries and accidents

The legislation regarding the usage of abrasive wheels is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. It requires work equipment and associated consumables to be used for the intended purpose. Secondly, it requires anyone using a piece of equipment, in this case an abrasive wheel, should receive adequate training before using that equipment.

PUWER 1998 replaced the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, with a number of changes and additions in the existing requirements.

Employers must ensure that all persons who use work equipment have received adequate training for the purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using work equipment, and risks which such use may entail and the precautions to be taken.

– The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Section 9 (1)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are abrasive wheels used for?

Abrasive wheels are used for surface preparations. They are used for cutting materials and some types are also used for deburring, polishing, and finishing.

Is abrasive wheel training a legal requirement?

Yes, it is a legal responsibility for everyone who is using abrasive wheels during work activities. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 sets out responsibilities for employers and employees both regarding abrasive wheels usage.

What is the main cause of accidents and injuries involving abrasive wheels?

As per the Health and Safety Executive, half of the accidents that involve abrasive wheels occur due to an unsafe work system or an operator error. Hence, it is essential to first take an abrasive wheels training course that best educates about safe working practices before commencing work.

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