Abrasive Wheels (PUWER) Regulations Theory

Abrasive Wheels (PUWER) Regulations Theory

The risk of breakage is inherent in every abrasive wheel. If the number of breakages, and therefore accidents, is to be kept low, the initial care exercised in the design, manufacture and testing by machine makers must be combined with the adoption of safety measures by the users.  Accident statistics indicate that nearly half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels occur because of an unsafe system of work or operator error.  With regards to abrasive wheels, PUWER 98 (The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998) requires, among other things, that all machinery is suitable for its intended use and is properly maintained. All employees, including those using, mounting and managing the operation of abrasive wheels, should be fully informed and properly trained in their safe use.  This is a half day course for Theory only for anyone involved in the use of Abrasive Wheels

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To assist delegates, involved with using, mounting or supervising the use of Abrasive Wheels


Participants will:

  • Have an understanding of legal requirements placed on their organisation
  • Appreciate their legal responsibilities when involved with Abrasive Wheels
  • Apply procedure in accordance with good practice
  • Reduce incidents involved with Abrasive Wheels
  • Welcome and Introduction to the course
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Hazards with Abrasive Wheels
  • Wheel Breakages
  • Incorrect Use of Grinding Machinery
  • Incorrect Loading of Grinding Wheels
  • Incorrect Mounting of Grinding Wheels
  • Marking of Abrasive Wheels and Storage
  • Methods of Marking Abrasive Wheels
  • Identification of Maximum Operating Speeds
  • Identification and Composition of Abrasive Wheels
  • Methods to be applied for Storage on various types and shapes of Abrasive Wheels
  • Environmental Factors affecting Storage of Abrasive Wheels
  • Handling and Transporting Abrasive Wheels
  • Inspection and Testing of Abrasive Wheels
  • Techniques for identifying cracks in Abrasive Wheels
  • Techniques for identifying damage to Abrasive Whee
  • Selection of correct wheel type for operation required
  • Programme Review and Evaluation

This programme uses a mixture of group discussions, pro-forma examples, information input sessions to fully involve participants.