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.....

Abrasive Wheels Training Course

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 abrasive wheels and the precautions 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 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 procuring, selecting, storing, handling, mounting, dressing, and using 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 when 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

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