Abrasive Wheel Safety Training

40 minutes plus test

£ 35.00 per licence


Abrasive wheels are powered wheels, cylinders, belts or points made from, or coated with, abrasive particles; they are incredibly fast moving, which can make them very dangerous and injuries can be extremely serious. Safety training is therefore essential. In fact, around half of all accidents involving abrasive wheels are due to them being used incorrectly or without the proper controls in place.

This course looks at the different types of abrasive wheels and explains how to choose the right one. It also covers safety when handling, using and looking after abrasive wheels, as well as legal responsibilities relating to safe working.

This programme concentrates on safety, it does not replace practical training. It does not teach someone how to use abrasive wheels.

Key Features & Benefits of this Course

  • Complete this online course in just 40 minutes
  • Safety course to support practical training
  • Ensure PUWER compliance
  • Suitable for Construction and Manufacture
  • End of course test and printable certificate
  • Free trial, online demo and bulk discounts available

Abrasive Wheels Safety Training Course Contents

  1. Abrasive Wheels

This section looks at the dangers, laws and legislation and the responsibilities of both employer AND employee. It includes:

  1. Risk assessments
  2. PPE
  3. Safety guards
  4. Work rests
  5. Hot work permits
  6. General safety
  1. Type of Wheel

This section looks at the British Standard System of marking and identifying wheels, including the display of supplier, dimensions, restrictions on use and operating speeds.

  1. Choosing the Right Wheel

Choosing the correct wheel type is the first step to working safely. This section covers the six main characteristics of Abrasive Wheels, necessary when choosing the right type of abrasive wheel for a particular application.

  1. Setting-Up, Using and Maintaining the Wheel

Having chosen the correct abrasive wheel, the next step is set up and installation. You need to know which checks should be done and you also need to know how to look after abrasive wheels properly, including handling, maintaining and storing them.

In this section we look at how you do this, from taking an abrasive wheel out of its packaging right through to being ready to use it.

We cover ring tests and wheel mounting, which includes flanges and blotters. We cover safety checks and we cover wheel maintenance (including truing, dressing and balancing), handling and storage.

Test & Certificate

This Abrasive Wheels Safety Training programme concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training, and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout. As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to re-print certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.


The main legislation relevant to using abrasive wheels is the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (or P.U.W.E.R). Firstly, this document makes it clear that any work equipment and machinery must be fit for purpose. Secondly it requires that anyone who’s going to use a piece of equipment – in this case an abrasive wheel – must receive adequate training and safety information before using that equipment.

The regulations deal with the work equipment and machinery used every day in workplaces and aims to keep people safe wherever equipment and machinery is used at work. PUWER replaces the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992, carrying forward the existing requirements with a number of changes and additions.

In addition, the following pieces of legislation apply to those working with Abrasive Wheels:

» The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

» Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008

» Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005

» Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH)

» Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992