TTS ABW7: Abrasive Wheel Training for Chop Saws, Angle Grinders and Bench/Pedestal Grinders.
We are changing the way that we deliver our abrasive wheel training courses:
Due to the coronavirus we have had to make significant changes in how we conduct abrasive wheel training on site at our customers premises.
Further to conducting training and RPE testing for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic and following guidance from the Health and Safety Executive, the following measures will help us to minimise the risk of contamination whilst still delivering the highest quality service.
We will no longer be delivering the theory part of the training course on-site so we can minimise social contact.
The theory part of the training course will now be delivered via an online webinar, all trainees will be required to watch this and complete a theory test prior to the practical training taking place.
The practical training is an integral part of an abrasive wheel course this part of the course cannot be successfully completed virtually.
“There is no substitute for thorough practical training in all aspects of the mounting and use of abrasive wheels.” Source HSG17 “Safety in the Use of Abrasive Wheels”.
The practical element of the training will be conducted on your site but in small groups of a maximum of 3 people at a time and taking approximately 45 minutes to complete each group.
The practical training will include: wheel changes, dressing of the wheels where required and an operator competency assessment.
This abrasive wheel course is accredited by the BAF (British Abrasives Federation) and is for operators of angle grinders, other hand held grinders, bench/pedestal grinders & chop saws.
An angle grinder features a heavy duty abrasive cutting or grinding disc that is powerful enough to cut or grind through steel, concrete and other hard materials.
Powered by electricity, compressed air or a battery powered motor, these hard-wearing tools demand that every safety precaution is followed to help prevent injury.
Bench & Pedestal grinders use vitrified wheels for grinding a variety of materials.
Vitrified wheels are brittle due to the way that they are manufactured which means if they are not used correctly they are liable to break.
A chop saw can be as dangerous to use as any other saw.
This type of saw uses a resin bonded abrasive wheel or a TCT wheel which are designed to cut metal or other hard materials.
They can also be fitted with diamond tipped wheels for brick or block cutting on specialist machines such as the Norton Clipper Saw.
There are far too many abrasive wheel accidents reported in various work places, these accidents range from minor to severe; some resulting even in fatality.
The good news is that over 90% of these accidents are preventable if good safety precautions are adopted and this starts with thorough accredited training for all operators.