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Why our abrasive wheels training sessions are so valuable, by Connor Salter

16 August 2018

Abrasive wheels training covers the legislation and laws that must be adhered to when working with such equipment. The Health and Safety Executive develops guidance around these laws and interprets them for us so they’re easier to understand and relatable to everyday life.

 

During an abrasive wheels Train the Trainer NTS training session, we also cover the risks that come with using abrasive wheels (there’s quite a few, as you’d imagine). For instance, which wheels are the correct ones to use depending on the type of material being handled.

 

The training teaches you how to select a wheel correctly, how to mount it properly on a machine and how to use the various tools and accessories that are required, such as lock nuts and bushes.

A hands-on approach

Inspection of abrasive wheels is also included in the training, which helps operatives assess whether or not they’re safe to use. We have smaller machines in the classroom that help learners discover how to select and attach the correct wheel. It gives learners the opportunity to get familiar with the tools required to mount abrasive wheels safely.

 

The other benefit of having machinery in the classroom is that I can pause the session if I show a slide which features components the learners don’t recognise. We can then head to the machinery and give them the chance to figure it all out. Once they get their hands on the kit, it really helps them understand the next slides and course content.

 

There was a learner I trained once who was very new to abrasive wheels, He didn’t know what lock nuts or flanges were or even what they looked like, so the session was an incredibly valuable learning experience for him.

 

Clothing is also very important; what you should (and shouldn’t) wear while dealing with abrasive wheels is a key part of the course. Combined with risk assessments of the working area and how to clean up afterwards, this makes for a very dynamic, informative course for anyone who works with such machinery and who’s tasked with training operatives in-house.

The who, what and why of abrasive wheels training

Abrasive wheels can be found in the manufacturing and construction trades (in particular, those who use machinery to cut concrete and steel), but they also get used in smaller industries, and even at home.

 

People who have machinery at home for hobbies, or side-line work have often had no abrasive wheels training at all. Abrasive wheels are even used for small DIY and cleaning tasks around the house, which can be just as dangerous as work carried out in a manufacturing plant - particularly with the absence of any training.

 

Anyone can sign up for our Train the Trainer abrasive wheels course - you don’t need to be in employment or working within an applicable industry. If the course is simply something that interests you or will help you make a change of career, this training is perfect if you want to end up in a position of authority where you’ll be expected to deliver training in-house or externally

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We provide abrasive wheels Train the Trainer sessions throughout the year. To find out more about the training and view upcoming dates, visit our online booking page by clicking here.

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