Safety Steps For Handling Abrasive Wheels

Posted by Anna Haris on November 22nd, 2018

Abrasive wheels are extensively used in many industries for various purposes such as grinding machines. The improper use of abrasive wheels often causes serious accidents leading to injuries and/or damage to properties in a construction site. There are many do's and don'ts to keep each and every employee safe when they deal with abrasive wheels during their work. The most common accidents due to the careless use are the following:

  • Breaking of abrasive wheels as the result of

    • Powerful wheel

    • Overspeeding

    • Incorrect mounting

    • Misapplication of wheels

  • Direct contact with the wheel

  • Injury to the eyes from flying particles while grinding

Steps involved in Selection of Wheels to avoid accidents

  • Instead of selecting a random one consult a manufacturer for the proper type of wheels to suit a particular job. Soft wheels are more fit for hard materials and hard wheels for soft materials.

  • Do not use defective or damaged wheels for work.

  • Always the wheels should be kept dry and not displayed to extreme temperatures. If not in use, they should be stored properly in suitable and separate racks.

Safety steps to avoid accidents in the work site:

  • Always check all wheels for any damage or cracks before working with it.

  • Make sure the operating speed of the machine does not exceed the speed of the provided wheel

  • Always handle and maintain the wheels in a careful manner.

  • Make sure that the wheel hole fits machine arbor properly and the flanges are clean, flat, and proper type and size for the wheel you are mounting.

  • Always remember not to use wheels which have been damaged or otherwise damaged.

  • Never use a grinding wheel that has a rated speed less than the speed of the grinder.

  • Never and ever handle machine carelessly. Racks or hooks should be used to support the machine when not in use.

There are many companies which provide abrasive wheel training course for those who handle or work with abrasive wheels. It is mandatory to take this safety training by each and every staff in a construction site. An Abrasive Wheel safety training programme provides the background safety knowledge needed for people who work with abrasive wheels. It gives an in-depth introduction to how to use abrasive wheels and looks at the different types of abrasive wheel and how to choose the right wheel. It also describes methods to check, maintain and store abrasive wheels safely. There is special personnel qualified for areas in which abrasive wheels are used persons who, in the course of their profession, carry out duties to which the regulations refer.

By taking this Abrasive Wheel safety training members or employees can work safely in the workplace.

  • Safely store and identify abrasive wheels

  • Will be able to select the appropriate wheel use

  • Can inspect and recognize damaged wheels

  • Be able to mount an abrasive wheel

  • Will be able to understand the hazards and risks when using abrasive wheels

This course is mainly to increase the workplace safety, always make sure you are setting up and using the abrasive wheel perfectly and learn the best practices for maintaining abrasive wheels.


Anna Haris

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