Abrasive Wheels Training Course

This half-day Abrasive Wheels Training Course will provide you with the knowledge and skills of how to inspect, select and mount abrasive wheels. This includes either fixed and portable (e.g. angle grinders) abrasive wheels.....

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    An employer must ensure that an abrasive wheel is suitable for the work for which it is used, having regard to the risk of personal injury to any person and any person using abrasive wheels has undergone an Abrasive Wheels Training Course.  Statistics show most accidents involving abrasive wheels occur because of an unsafe system of work or operator error. There are obvious dangers of wheel breakage or contact with a running wheel but other, less obvious health risks, such as vibration, noise and dust. Work with abrasive wheels must comply with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 36 of 2016).

    The purpose of the Regulations is to bring specific workplace safety matters relating to Woodworking Machines, Abrasive Wheels and Abrasive Blasting of Surfaces within the scope of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 following the repeal of corresponding Regulations made under the Factories Act 1955, as amended by the Safety in Industry Act 1980.

    We also offer Public Abrasive Wheels Training Courses in our training centre in Longford and online please note that the online course is an awareness course only,  you will also need further practical training, please get in touch with us to arrange this.

    Course Aims

    To provide learners with an understanding of what abrasive wheels are and the precautions taken for safe use.

    Course Objectives

    • Understand and describe abrasive wheels
    • Understand the legislation in relation to abrasive wheels
    • Know what the marking relates to on an abrasive wheel
    • Know how to inspect, handle and store an abrasive wheel
    • Know what a ring test is and how to carry one out
    • Be able to identify damage and the causes of, to an abrasive wheel
    • Know the different components of abrasive wheel equipment
    • Know how to mount, dress, and true an abrasive wheel

    Who Should Attend This Course?

    All employees engaged in the procurement, selection, storage, handling, mounting, dressing, and usage of abrasive wheels are legally required to take an abrasive wheels training course. Abrasive wheels can be stationary (e.g. Bench grinders or polishers) or movable (e.g. angle grinders).

    Pre-Course Requirements

    • English is the language in which training is delivered, and learners must have fluency in English
    • Please let us know if learners have any specific learner requirements
    • Learners must be over 18 years old

    Course Programme

    • What are abrasive wheels?
    • Legislation
    • Methods of marking
    • Inspection, handling, storage and transporting of abrasive wheels
    • Hazards, risks, and controls
    • Components
    • Mounting, dressing and trueing
    • Operating of abrasive wheels

    Our Tutors

    All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher

    Training Methods

    • Classroom-based power-point presentation
    • Case studies
    • Practical sessions


    Learners will be required to partake in the course workshops to be deemed competent in the safe use of Abrasive Wheels


    • Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS’s Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels Certification
    • There is no set requirement, but it is recommended that refresher training be provided at intervals not more than every two years or where there is a change in work practices in the workplace

    Maximum Number of Learners

    To facilitate workshops and active engagement by all learners, the course is limited to a maximum of 12 learners


    The programme is delivered over three hours

    • Is abrasive wheel training a legal requirement?

      Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 (S.I. No. 36 of 2016), it is a legal requirement for those involved in the use of abrasive wheels to be properly trained.

    • Does abrasive wheel training expire?

      One of the most frequent questions we get asked is ‘How long does the Abrasive Wheels certificate last?’ The certification is valid for 3 years from the date of the successful completion of the training.

    • What does abrasive wheel training cover?

      The course covers different types of abrasive wheel, diamond blades, pre-use inspection to wheels and tools, hazards, correct PPE, fire control, regulations, correct cutting/grinding techniques and correct selection of wheels.

    • What are grinding wheels made of?

      Grinding wheels with diamond or CBN grains are called superabrasives. Grinding wheels with aluminium oxide (corundum), silicon carbide, or ceramic grains are called conventional abrasives.

    • Is a grinder an abrasive wheel?

      A grinding wheel, also known as an abrasive wheel, is a wheel made of abrasive particles bound together by various substances, such as rubber, shellac or silicate. They are used by a variety of industries but, if not used safely, have the potential to cause serious injury.

    • What PPE is required for grinding?

      Wear safety glasses or goggles, or a face shield (with safety glasses or goggles) to protect against flying particles. Gloves, aprons, metatarsal safety boots, and respiratory protection may be required, depending on the work.

    • How many types of grinding wheels are there?

      Two general types of machines have been developed for this purpose; those of the planer type with a reciprocating table and those having a rotating worktable. Each machine has the possible variation of a horizontal or vertical positioned grinding wheel spindle.

    • What is the difference between cutting wheel and grinding wheel?

      Grinding wheel is always a multi-point cutting tool. It can be made of metals, ceramics, diamond, or cBN. Grinding wheel is composed of abrasives, which are bound in another medium like resin or metal.

    • What is Bond in grinding wheel?

      Abrasive grains are held together in a grinding wheel by a bonding material. The bonding material does not cut during the grinding operation. Its main function is to hold the grains together with varying degrees of strength. Standard grinding wheel bonds are vitrified, resinoid, silicate, shellac, rubber and metal.

    • Where do we offer training?

      Cavan, Donegal, Down, Monaghan.

      Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo.

      Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois/Leix (aka Queens), Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly (aka Kings), Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow.

      Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford.