Abrasive Wheels Training Course
MKD Health & Safety Abrasive Wheels Course covers Con-Saw, Angle Grinder, Bench Grinder and Metal Works Chop Saw.
The course lasts for 3 hours and on completion of the course trainees are issued with a 3 Year Certificate.
- 1-2-1 Training is €60
- 2 - 7 Trainees €50 each
- Class of 12 - €350
- Day Rate for 2 classes (up to 24 trainees) €500
- Training is required for anyone using Abrasive Wheels
- If you are not trained you are not insured!
The MKD Abrasive Wheels Course covers all requirements of HSA Abrasive Wheels Legislation 2016.
Module 1 : What are Abrasive Wheels? Why do we need training?
Module 2 : Legislation
Module 3 : Methods of marking
Module 4 : Inspection, Handling, Storage & Transporting
Module 5 : Hazards, Risks & Controls
Module 6 : Components
Module 7 : Mounting, Dressing & Trueing and Operating
Assessment : Written test, mounting wheels demonstration, ring test, wheel selection
Use of Abrasive Wheels Regulations 2016
An employer shall 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.
- Speed of revolution.
- 211. (1) An employer shall ensure that an abrasive wheel having a diameter of more than 80 millimetres is not used unless the abrasive wheel, its blotter or label is clearly marked with—
- (a) the maximum permissible speed specified by the manufac- turer for that abrasive wheel,
- (b) any other information necessary for its safe use including expiry dates and restrictions of use.
- (2) An employer shall ensure that an abrasive wheel having a diam- eter of 80 millimetres or less is not used unless it is clearly marked in accordance with subparagraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph (1) or infor- mation in writing has been given to a user of the wheel stating—
- (a) the maximum permissible speed specified by the manufac- turer for that abrasive wheel, or for the class of abrasive wheels to which that abrasive wheel belongs,
- (b) in the case of a mounted wheel or point, the overhang per- missible at that speed, and
- (c) any other information necessary for its safe use including expiry dates and restrictions of use.
- (3) Subject to paragraph (4), an employer shall ensure that an abras- ive wheel is not operated at a speed in excess of the appropriate maximum permissible speed specified by the manufacturer for that wheel.
- (4) Where the diameter of an abrasive wheel has been reduced, its spindle speed may be increased as long as the maximum peripheral surface speed specified for the wheel is not exceeded.
An employer shall ensure that every machine is marked with the maximum speed or speed range of the spindle on which an abrasive wheel is, or is intended to be, mounted.
- (6) An employer shall ensure that a spindle on a machine having a mounted abrasive wheel is not operated at a speed in excess of the appropriate maximum working speed as specified by the manufacturer.
- (7) An employer shall ensure that—
- (a) the speed of every air-driven spindle on which an abrasive wheel is mounted is controlled by a governor or other device which prevents the speed of the spindle from exceeding the maximum working speed for that spindle as specified by the manufacturer, and
- (b) the governor or other device referred to in subparagraph (a) is properly maintained.
- (8) An employer shall, when requested to do so by an inspector, provide the inspector with all such facilities and information as are necessary to enable that inspector determine the working speed of any spindle or abrasive wheel.
- (9) In this Regulation “overhang”, in relation to a mounted wheel or point, means that part of the mandrel or quill which is exposed between the collet in which the mandrel or quill is held and the part of the abrasive material nearest to the collet.
- (10) (a) This Regulation does not apply to an abrasive wheel within the meaning of paragraph (c) of the definition of abrasive wheel.
- (b) Paragraphs (1), (2), (3) and (4) do not apply to an abrasive wheel having separate segments of abrasive material.
- (c) Paragraphs (5), (6) and (7) do not apply to an abrasive wheel when it is used for grinding glass.
Mounting of abrasive wheels.
212. An employer shall ensure that every abrasive wheel is properly mounted.
Authorisation and training.
213. (1) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (4), an employer shall ensure that an employee does not mount an abrasive wheel unless the employee has been authorised by the employer to mount the abrasive wheel or a class of abrasive wheel to which that wheel belongs.
(2) A person who stands appointed under Regulation 9 of the Safety in Industry (Abrasive Wheels) Regulations 1982 (S.I. No. 30 of 1982) immediately prior to the coming into operation of this Part shall, on the coming into operation of this Part, be taken to be authorised under paragraph (1) and these Regulations shall apply accordingly.
(3) An employer shall not authorise an employee under paragraph (1) unless that employee—
(a) has been trained and instructed in accordance with Schedule 14, and
(b) is competent to mount the wheel.
(4) Paragraph (1) does not apply where the employee referred to in that paragraph is undergoing training in mounting abrasive wheels and is working under the immediate supervision of an employee authorised under that paragraph.
(5) An employer shall enter details of each authorisation under paragraph (1) including particulars of the abrasive wheel or the class of abrasive wheel, as the case may be, to which the authorisation relates, in the safety statement prepared by the employer.
(6) An employer may revoke an authorisation under paragraph (1) at any time and where the employer does so shall amend the details included in the safety statement in accordance with paragraph (5).
Guarding and rests for workpieces and flanges.
214. (1) An employer shall ensure that a guard is provided and kept in position at every abrasive wheel in motion, unless the use of a guard would be impracticable due to the nature of—
(a) the work being done at the wheel,
(b) the work ordinarily done or intended to be done at the
(c) the wheel itself.
(2) An employer shall ensure that every guard provided under para- graph (1)—
(a) in so far as is reasonably practicable, is of such a design and construction so as to contain every part of the abrasive wheel in the event of a fracture of the wheel, or of any part of the wheel, while that wheel is in motion,
(b) is properly maintained and secured so as to prevent the dis- placement of the guard in the event of any such fracture, and
(c) encloses the whole of the abrasive wheel except where a part of the wheel is necessarily exposed—
(i) for any work being done at the wheel, or
(ii) for work which is ordinarily done, or ordinarily intended to be done, at the wheel where a non adjustable guard is used.
(3) An employer shall ensure that where at any abrasive wheel there is a rest for supporting a workpiece, the rest is of substantial construc- tion, properly maintained and properly secured and adjusted so as to
be as close as practicable to the exposed part of the abrasive wheel at
all times while the wheel is in motion.
(4) An employer shall provide an abrasive wheel with a suitable protective flange or flanges, as the case may be, where such is neces- sary for the safe operation of the abrasive wheel.
(5) (a) Subparagraphs (a) and (b) of paragraph (2) do not apply to an abrasive wheel—
(i) manufactured of metal, wood, cloth, felt, rubber or paper and having any surface consisting wholly or partly of abrasive material, or
(ii) consisting wholly of abrasive particles held together by natural bonds.
(b) Paragraphs (1) and (2) do not apply to an abrasive wheel—
(i) which does not exceed 235 millimetres in diameter, is manufactured of cloth, felt, rubber or paper and has any surface consisting wholly or partly of abrasive material, when the wheel is used in a portable machine, or
(ii) when it is used for grinding glass.