Abrasive Wheels Training

Abrasive Wheels Awareness Training Course

The abrasive wheel safety training course gives candidates an overview of current safety legislation, including the HSG17 (HSE published guidance for Abrasive Wheels). The training covers a range of risks and hazards such as noise, dust, and vibration hazards. Instructors will also educate on best practices concerning changing of wheels, cutting methods, posture and stopping and isolating grinding wheels.

Who is the course suitable for?

Carried out in-house by our own experienced instructors, this course is ideally suited for any employees working with and changing abrasive wheels on equipment such as handheld grinders/disc cutters, Stihl saws, bench-mounted grinders and cut-off saws.

As well as those working directly with the equipment, the content of the course will also be equally useful to mangers and supervisors, who will be able to use the knowledge learned to assess whether their workforce is using the equipment safely, and in line with best working practices.

How long does the course last?

The abrasive wheels training course is a half-day course (4 hours), and a maximum of 12 delegates can be trained per session, Due to the short length of the course, we can carry out two sessions in a single day to cater for larger groups. Alternatively, if preferable, we can pair this course with another half-day course such as Ladders & Steps, Manual Handling, Harnesses and Lanyards or Work at Heights.

Abrasive Wheel in use

What are the objectives of the course?

By the end of the course, candidates will have a solid working understanding of the necessary control measures required for the safe use of abrasive wheels equipment, including the selection and fitting of appropriate discs and cutters.

The content is delivered in a series of lectures. Candidates will be continually tested on the course content with theory Q&A assessments, which will be completed throughout the training. A certificate of training will then be awarded to successful candidates, which will be valid for three years.

abrasive wheels and discs

  • Review of current legislation
  • Review of HSG17 (HSE Published guidance for Abrasive Wheels)
  • Detailed discussion on Noise, dust and Vibration hazards and control
  • Changing and selection of wheel/disc types
  • Cutting methods and posture
  • Correct method of stopping and isolating
  • An Abrasive Wheel test


How long does the course last?

This is a Half-Day course, which means it will last no longer than 4 hours. This gives you the option of pairing it with another of our Half-Day Courses, so you can get the maximum benefit of our expertise in a single working day.

Amongst the other available Half-Day courses are:

  • Ladders & Steps
  • Manual Handling
  • Harnesses and Lanyards
  • Work at Height

How will I be assessed?

Instructors will deliver a lecture on the given topic – following this, you’ll be tested on the subject matter with a multiple choice exam.


Should I bring anything with me to the course?

You will need to bring safety footwear & gloves.

Are there any prerequisites to the course?

Yes – you MUST have had a minimum of 3 months of employment, and you will need to have had sufficient experience in the workplace to be deemed competent to use the Abrasive Wheels equipment after training. Finally, you must also ensure that you’re physically fit and able to carry out the practical assessment.

Will I get a certificate on completion of the course?

Yes. You’ll receive a certificate of training in the safe-use and pre-use checks of handheld abrasive wheels equipment. This certification will remain valid for 3 years.

How many candidates can you train in a single session?

We can take a maximum of 12 candidates in a single session. If you have any more than that, you will have to book another session.

Where is the course held?

There are several options, depending on which is most preferable to you: we can carry out the training on-site at your premises, for a group of 6 or more delegates. We also have open courses running in Heywood (in Lancashire) and Brighouse (in Yorkshire) for single numbers. You can contact us to book your place on either by calling 01282 615517. Whatever the case, we can assure you that your operatives will receive the absolute highest standard of training in harnesses and lanyards.

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