Abrasive Wheels Practical use and Awareness

Abrasive Wheels Practical use and Awareness Training Course

The abrasive wheels training course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills required as per HSG17 guidance to keep yourself and others safe when using abrasive wheels in the workplace.

Course duration: Full day.

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Course Overview - Why Take This Course?

This Abrasive Wheels training course will help employees to identify the hazards and risks of using abrasive wheels (angle grinders, bench grinders, chop saw) any equipment that has a requirement to use an abrasive cutting wheel.

The information provided will give delegates the knowledge on the precautions that must be taken when operating abrasive wheel equipment, in accordance with Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

The aims of this Abrasive Wheels training course is to train employees on the users’ skills and knowledge and to achieve a level of competency on the safe use of their abrasive wheels.

By the end of the training course, delegates will have learned the skills necessary to use their equipment safely in accordance with their company rams and the latest HSE guidance (HSG17).

Who Is This Course For?


The Abrasive wheels training Course is designed for employees and those who operate abrasive wheels at work.

Anyone in the workplace who has the responsibility on the safe use of abrasive wheels.

Employers, managers, supervisors and employees who just need to refresh themselves on the legalities, hazards and risks when using abrasive wheels in the workplace.


Angle Grinder

Course Aims & Objectives

  • Introduce a safe system of work as per HSG17 guidance.
  • Demonstrate to the delegate the correct procedures for using the equipment in a way that will not put the delegate at risk of injury.
  • Give the delegate the knowledge to be able to select the correct wheel for the job.
  • Provide suitable personal protective equipment as required.

Course Content

  • Introduction – HSE guidance, employer, and employee responsibilities
  • Grinding safety – pre-use safety checks.
  • Accidents and reasons for injuries caused by abrasive wheels.
  • Abrasive wheel legislation and legal requirements for anyone operating this abrasives in the workplace.
  • Understanding the dangers and risks arising from the use of abrasive wheels including harmful dusts, vibration, and noise.
  • Precautions against hazards – how to carry out a risk assessment to identify risks to employees and others.
  • How to identify the different types of abrasive wheels and their equipment such as bench/pedestal grinders, disc cutters, and angle grinders, chop saw.
  • How to select the appropriate abrasive wheel type for the job.
  • Handling, storage, and transportation of abrasive wheels.
  • Abrasive wheel components including flanges, blotters, bushes, nuts.
  • Methods of marking abrasive wheels with their type, size, and maximum operating speed.
  • How to inspect and ring test abrasive wheels for damage.
  • Wheel mounting – how to safely install abrasive wheels.
  • The proper method of truing and dressing an abrasive wheel.
  • The correct adjustment of work rests and mechanical guards on pedestal or bench grinding machines.
  • The use of suitable personal protective equipment when operating abrasive wheels.
  • Safe working practice – precautions you can take to prevent accidents in the use of abrasive wheels.
  • Practical participation on the use of abrasive with course delegates.
Abrasive wheel

Training Requirements

Operatives will be required to participate in the full use of their abrasive wheels under supervision as per HSG17 and the provision and use of work equipment regulations. (PUWER).

The training environment must be safe as per the Health and Safety at work Act 1974.

Full personal protective equipment must be used as per personal protective equipment regulations.


This course is accredited through the CPD standards office under the heading ‘Safe Use of Power Tools’. Delegates successfully completing this training course will receive a certificate on the safe use of abrasive wheels which can be used as evidence of Continuous Professional Development.

Course Location

We can provide this training nationwide at a location of your choice to suit.

If you cannot travel to one of our training centre locations then we can come to your premises to provide training on-site as long as your workplace is suitable. 

We can come to you.

Meet The Expert

Richard Appleyard, owner of Apple Group Training, is our senior health and safety consultant with more than 20 years of experience in training employees and those with the responsibility on the use of their work equipment in a variety of industries.

Our trainers will deliver easy-to-understand, enjoyable, engaging, and comprehensive training at the highest level, specialising on the safe use of abrasives.

Why Choose Apple Group TRAINING?

Accredited Courses
Our training courses are certified to the highest standard. All of our training courses have been developed by highly qualified health and safety professionals in accordance with HSE standards and guidance.

Experienced Trainers
We have over 20 years of experience providing training and consultancy to a wide range of industries across the UK including construction, manufacturing and education.

Tailored to You
Our courses can be tailored to your unique training requirements, whatever the request.

Our 5* Reviews

Abrasive assessments, confirmation of my current skills and knowledge and understanding my responsibilities.

Bradley Tooke

Brilliant course as I had no current knowledge on the use of the equipment, although I am aware of my competency level and that I must not use abrasives in the workplace without supervision.

Richard Clarke

As a complete novice, plenty was learned on the day

John Harris

Very good course, learned a lot on the safe use and operating procedure.

Philip Garner

The course was very Informative, Richard Appleyard gave a full explanation on types of abrasives for different materials.

Gareth Oatridge

Contact Us

To learn more about our Abrasive Wheels Training Course or to book a training course, contact us today on 0113 257 3222, info@applegroup.co.uk, or fill in the enquiry form.

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