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.
The course is suitable for all staff who use abrasive wheels
All our tutors hold a minimum QQI Level 8 in their subject matter, a Train the Trainer QQI Level 6 or higher
Learners will be required to mount dress and true abrasive wheel on various equipment and carry out a ring test.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners will receive a Phoenix STS Certificate for 3 Years
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A series of numbers and letters make the wheel specification – e.g. A16 R 5 B S4. These numbers symbolize the abrasive wheel material, grit size, grade, structure and the bond type.