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What is Abrasive Wheels Training

November 22, 2022

The abrasive wheels training is a way of developing and maintaining competency for using various types of equipment such as petrol cut off saws (Stihl, Makita, Husqvarna etc), battery and electrical powered grinders, mitre saws, circular saws and bench mounted grinders which use rotating grinding and cutting wheels for different applications during workplace activities, and this course will train you on the safe use, wheel mounting procedures, maintenance and storage requirements to be able to work safely.

Do you need training to use an abrasive wheel?

In line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 98), everyone who uses an angle grinder, petrol-driven saw or bench grinder for work needs to be properly trained to do so. 

How long does an abrasive wheel course take?

The abrasive wheels training course takes up to 6 hours to complete and the certification is valid for 3 years. 

 How often do you need abrasive wheel training?

Your certification is valid for 3 years, once you are reaching your expiry date the abrasive wheel refresher course is then recommended to help stay updated on the latest regulations and maintain continual professional development. 

Can abrasive wheel training be done online?

No, this is a classroom-based course with demonstrations and practical exercises.

Do you need a certificate to change a grinding wheel?

Yes, if you are working for an employer they will need proof of your training achievement to show you have successfully attended and passed the relevant training for the equipment you will be expected to use.

Are abrasive wheels covered by Puwer?

Abrasive Wheels are regulated by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations act 1998 (PUWER). The regulations aim to keep people safe at work whilst using work equipment’s, including abrasive wheels. 

What are the five basic parameters of a grinding wheel?

The parameters are: abrasive material, grit size, bonding material, wheel structure, which refers to the relative spacing of grains, and wheel grade, which refers to the bond strength of the wheel in retaining abrasive grains, also the cutting disc rotational (spindle) speed limitations and size of the wheels appropriate to the griding tool or equipment.

Are abrasives hard?

Abrasive are sharp, hard material used to wear away or cut the surface of softer, less resistant materials. There are various types of cutting and grinding discs from granular sanding disc to multi-purpose diamond cutting discs.

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