Courses we offer

Safety training for operators

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The safety training course you require needs to be relevant for your industry. Therefore we have created four different courses that meet the needs of operators working in all industries.

Training for Supervisors

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Safety training for managers, safety officers, purchasing officers and supervisors of operators of grinding and cutting machines.

Training for Trainers

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The course is designed for delegates wishing to train operators of angle grinders, chop saws, petrol saws, bench and pedestal grinders in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels and discs. 

Practical Training

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A practical training course comprising of 5 modules, closely supervised, for delegates keen to learn and put into practise new skills when using abrasives on metals and composites with typically the following equipment.

Other Training Courses

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In the last few decades portable cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing machine use has increased dramatically. The demand for new and revolutionary abrasive products for these machines has been matched by the abrasive manufacturers.

Safety training for operators

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The safety training course you require needs to be relevant for your industry. Therefore we have created four different courses that meet the needs of operators working in all industries. Each is a thorough and professional course delivered in an exciting and informative style that creates awareness of the hazards and dangers and provides delegates with advice and recommendations in avoiding injury through correct procedures and the use of personal protective equipment.


Each training course is designed to meet the requirements for training in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations 1998 (PUWER 1998) for safety in the use of abrasive wheels and discs.


The training is conducted by a senior member of staff with many years experience in the abrasive industry. The training is fully interactive with delegates encouraged to demonstrate their awareness of safety in the use of abrasive wheels.


Each training course includes detailed notes, instructions and certificate of attendance.

Safety training for operators of angle grinders, chop saws, die grinders and bench/pedestal grinders

Duration:

Up to 4 hours.


Aim and objective:

The course is designed for operators that may work with any of the following:

  • angle grinders
  • chop saws
  • die grinders
  • bench and pedestal grinders.

On completion delegates will have had training in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels and discs in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998).

All delegates will be provided with comprehensive course notes and have access to post tutorial support from our freephone help-line.


Who should attend:

Ideal for delegates working with the machines mentioned that require training in the safe use of abrasive wheels and discs. Suitable for delegates working in fabrication, general engineering, automotive workshops and maintenance departments in all industries. Prior knowledge of working with abrasives is desirable but is not essential.


Location:

Direct on your premises with your operators and most importantly with your machines.


Personal protective equipment:

Delegates are expected to be provided with personal protective equipment. The trainer will provide his own personal protective equipment and will make recommendations as to the level of personal protective equipment required for delegates to complete their work safely.


Availability:

Please call Michelle, your training contact, for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or complete our online contact form.


Course content:


Introduction to the abrasive wheel regulations (PUWER 98)

  • Legal requirement for training.
  • Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels and discs.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE) evaluation and requirements.

How abrasive wheels and discs work

  • Abrasive types, grain size, bond, grade and structure.
  • The marking system.
  • The Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives.
  • Safety icons.
  • Typical wheel and disc specifications.
  • Marking system for diamond abrasive wheels and discs.

Receipt, handling, storage and inspection of abrasive wheels and discs

  • Receipt and inspection.
  • How to handle and store discs and wheels.
  • Testing and inspection prior to use.

Machines and work areas

  • The importance of regular machine maintenance.
  • Examination and correct use of flanges, guards and work-rests.
  • Condition of spindles and bearings.
  • Machine controls.
  • Maximum operating surface speed. Speed of spindles.
  • Condition of floors and work area.
  • Protection for third parties.

Practical training and assessment in the mounting of abrasive wheels and discs

  • Inspection of machine and work area
  • Correct procedures for removing and mounting abrasive wheels and discs.
  • Dressing and conditioning of wheels on bench/pedestal grinders.
  • Assessment of delegates practical ability in the mounting of abrasive wheels and discs.

Safety training for operators of angle grinders, chop saws and petrol saws

Duration:

Up to 4 hours.


Aim and objective:

The course is designed for operators that work with angle grinders and/or chop saws and/or petrol saws. On completion delegates will have had training in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels and discs in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998).All delegates will have access to post tutorial support from our freephone helpline. All delegates will be provided with comprehensive course notes and have access to post tutorial support from our freephone helpline.

Who should attend:

Ideal for delegates working with the machines mentioned that require training  in the safe use of abrasive wheels and discs. Suitable for delegates working in the rail, building services and construction industry. Prior knowledge of working with abrasives is desirable but is not essential.

Location:

Direct on your premises with your operators and most importantly with your machines.

Personal protective equipment:

Delegates are expected to be provided with personal protective equipment. The trainer will provide his own personal protective equipment and will make recommendations as to the level of personal protective equipment required for delegates to complete their work safely.

Availability:

Please call Michelle, your training contact, for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or complete our online contact form.

Course content:


Introduction to the abrasive wheel regulations (PUWER 98)

                Legal requirement for training.

                Risk assessment.

                Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive discs.

                Personal protective equipment.

How an abrasive wheel works

                Abrasive wheel marking system.

                Speeds of abrasive wheels.

                Safe and efficient use of diamond blades. (Where applicable)

Receipt, handling, storage and inspection of abrasive wheels

                Receipt and storage.

                Inspection, examination and testing.

Machines and work areas

                The importance of machine maintenance.

                Examination and correct use of flanges, guards and work-rests.

                Condition of spindles and bearings.

                Machine controls.

                Maximum operating surface speed. Speed of spindles.

                Condition of floors and work area.

                Protection for third parties.

Practical training and assessment in the mounting of abrasive wheels

                Correct procedures for removing and mounting abrasive discs.

                Assessment of delegates practical ability in the mounting of abrasive wheels and discs.

Training for surface grinders, internal grinders and cylindrical grinders & other precision machines

Duration: 4 hours


Aim and objective:

The course is designed for operators that work with surface grinders, internal grinders, cylindrical grinders or other precision grinding equipment. On completion delegates will have had training in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998). All delegates will have access to post tutorial support from our freephone helpline.

All delegates will be provided with comprehensive course notes and have access to post tutorial support from our freephone helpline.


Who should attend:

Ideal for delegates working with the machines mentioned, that require training  in the safe use of abrasive wheels. Suitable for delegates working in engineering workshops and tool-rooms, aerospace and automotive manufacturing, school and university research and maintenance departments.


Location:

On your premises.


Availability:

Please call Michelle, your training contact, for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or complete our online contact form.


Course content:


Introduction to the abrasive wheel regulations (PUWER 98)

                Legal requirement for training.

                Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels.

                Personal protective equipment.

                Abrasive wheel marking system.

                Speeds of abrasive wheels.

                Safe use of Superabrasives (diamond and CBN) if applicable.

Receipt, handling, storage and inspection of abrasive wheels

                Receipt and storage.

                Inspection, examination and testing.

Machines and work areas

                The importance of machine maintenance.

                Examination and correct use of flanges, guards and work-rests.

                Condition of spindles and bearings.

                Machine controls.

                Maximum operating surface speed. Speed of spindles.

                Condition of floors and work area. Protection for third parties.

Practical training and assessment in the mounting of abrasive wheels

                Inspection of the machine and work area.

                Personal protective equipment assessment.

                Correct procedures for removing and mounting abrasive wheels.

                Dressing and conditioning of wheels.

                Assessment of delegates practical ability in the mounting of abrasive wheels

Advanced training for operators of surface grinders, internal grinders and cylindrical grinders

Duration: 7 hours


Aim and objective:

The advanced course is designed for operators that work with surface grinders, internal grinders, cylindrical grinders or other precision grinding equipment that require training in balancing, dressing techniques and a greater understanding of the modern abrasive process. On completion delegates will have had training in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998). All delegates will have access to post tutorial support from our freephone help-line.


Who should attend:

Ideal for delegates working with the machines mentioned, that require training  in the safe use of abrasive wheels. Suitable for delegates working in engineering workshops and tool-rooms, aerospace and automotive manufacturing, school and university research and maintenance departments.


Location:

On your premises.


Availability:

Please call Michelle, your training contact, for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or complete our online contact form.


Course Content:


Introduction to the abrasive wheel regulations (PUWER 98)

                Legal requirement for training.

                Risk assessment.

                Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels.

                Personal protective equipment.

Definition and analysis of abrasive wheels

                Definition of an abrasive wheel.

                How an abrasive wheel works.

                Abrasive and bond types.

                Abrasive wheel marking system.

                Typical abrasive wheel specifications and improvements to the grinding and cutting process.

                Speeds of abrasive wheels.

Receipt, handling, storage and inspection of abrasive wheels

                Handling prior to use.

                Correct storage.

                Inspection, examination and testing.

Machines and work areas

                The importance of machine maintenance.

                Examination and correct use of flanges, guards and work-rests.

                Condition of spindles and bearings.

                Machine controls.

                Maximum operating surface speed. Speed of spindles.

                Condition of floors and work area. Protection for third parties.

Practical training and assessment in the mounting of abrasive wheels

                Inspection of the machine and work area.

                Analysis of the grinding/cutting process.

                Personal protective equipment assessment.

                Correct procedures for removing and mounting abrasive wheels.

                Wheel balancing and truing.

                Dressing and conditioning of wheels.

                Advanced dressing procedures.

                Assessment of delegates practical ability in the mounting of abrasive wheels.

                Practical demonstration of grinding and cutting techniques.

Further options for all safety training courses:

An assessment report by the trainer on the suitability, storage, location and safety standard of the following:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Machinery
  • Abrasive products
  • The working area

Training for supervisors

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Safety training for managers, safety officers, purchasing officers and supervisors of operators of grinding and cutting machines.

Duration:

90 minutes.


Aim and objective:

A thorough and professional course delivered in an exciting and informative style that creates awareness of the hazards and dangers for operators and others. We show how each delegate can be influential in providing a safe working environment for operators. We provide delegates with advice and recommendations in avoiding injury through correct procedures and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

This training course is designed to meet the requirements for training of supervisors and managers in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations 1998 (PUWER 1998) for safety in the use of abrasive wheels and discs.

Regulation 9 of PUWER 1998 states:

.........Every employer shall ensure that any of his employees who supervises or manages the use of work equipment has received adequate training for purposes of health and safety, including training in the methods which may be adopted when using the work equipment, any risks which such use may entail and precautions to be taken..........

Location:

The content is classroom based and includes multi-media presentations that demonstrate the need for safety in the use of abrasive wheels and discs. It can be taken as an 'add-on' to an existing training course or separately at various venues around the UK.

Availability:

Please call Michelle, your training contact, for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or complete our online contact form.

Course Content:

Introduction to the abrasive wheel regulations (PUWER 98)

  • Legal requirement for training of managers, purchasing officers, safety officers and supervisors.
  • The importance of operator training.
  • Risk assessment.
  • Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels and discs for operators.
  • Third party dangers.
  • How the right type of personal protective equipment (PPE) is vital and cost effective.

How an abrasive wheel works

  • Understanding the abrasive wheel marking system.
  • The importance of spindle speed and surface speed.

Questions and Answers

Receipt, handling, storage and inspection of abrasive wheels and discs

  • Receipt.
  • Handling prior to use.
  • Correct storage.
  • Inspection, examination and testing.

Machines and work areas

  • The importance of regular checks and machine maintenance.
  • Condition of floors and work area. Protection for third parties.
  • Importance of dressing and conditioning of wheels on bench and pedestal grinders

training for trainers

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Duration:

This is a one day course of up to 8 hours and comprises of 6 modules and is ideal for delegates wishing to train operators of angle grinders, chop saws, petrol saws, bench and pedestal grinders in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels and discs.


Further module options are available if required and are shown in the course content.

Aim and Objective:

The course is designed for delegates wishing to train operators of angle grinders, chop saws, petrol saws, bench and pedestal grinders in the safe and efficient use of abrasive wheels and discs. On completion delegates will have the skills to provide abrasive wheel training in line with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER 1998) and have access to post tutorial support from our freephone helpline.


Each training course includes detailed notes, instructions and certificate of attendance.

Who should attend:

Ideal for delegates with experience of working with the machines mentioned and with a desire to inform and instruct others in the safe use of abrasive wheels and discs. Suitable for delegates working in building, construction, fabrication, general engineering, automotive workshops, maintenance departments and multi-disciplinary professional trainers


Location:


 Direct on your premises.

Personal protective equipment:

 Delegates are expected to be provided with personal protective equipment.

Course Content:

The content is both theoretical and practical based and includes multi-media presentations that demonstrate the need for safety in the use of grinding and cutting discs and wheels.


Module 1. Legal requirements.

                Introduction to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 1998).

                Introduction to safety recommendations for the use of abrasive products by the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives (FEPA).

                Legal requirement for training.

                Recording the training.

                Risk assessment including third parties.

                Risk assessment tool (Optional).

                Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels and discs.

                Personal protective equipment (PPE).

Question and answers.

Module 2. Definition and analysis of abrasive wheels.

                Definition and analysis of abrasive wheels/discs.

                Abrasive grain types and sizes.

                Bond types and hardness.

                Abrasive wheel marking system.

                The Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives (OSA)

                Demonstration and then participation by delegates in typical specifications and the marking system.

Questions and answers.

Written examination.

Module 3. Grinding and cutting wheel/disc selection.

                 Advantages of using certain types of abrasive.

                 Advantages of using certain bond types.

                Grain size and surface finish.

                Bond hardness and structure.

                Size and availability.

Module 4. Inspection, examination and storage of abrasive wheels.

                Receipt of abrasive wheels.

                Storage guidelines.

                Correct handling of abrasive wheels/discs.

                Testing and inspection of abrasive wheels/discs.

                Speeds of abrasive wheels/discs.

                Wheel balancing (Optional).

                Truing, profiling and dressing.

                Single point and multi-point dressers (Optional)

                Dressing procedure for CBN and diamond wheels (Optional)

Questions and answers.

Module 5. Machines, machine safety and work areas.

                Machines and machine safety

                Flanges and abrasive wheel blotters.

                Spindles. Inspection and speed.

                Provision and maintenance of guards.

                Safe working areas and condition of floors.

                The importance of machine maintenance.

                Problems of over speeding abrasive wheels/discs

                Machine controls.

                Work-rests.

Questions and answers.

Module 6. Practical training and assessment in the mounting and dressing of abrasive wheels/discs.

                Practical training in the mounting and dressing of abrasive wheels discs used on bench, pedestal and portable cutting and grinding machinery.

                Practical training in the mounting and dressing of abrasive wheels used on surface and cylindrical grinding machinery.  (Optional)

                 Assessment of training.

                Questions and answers.

                Written examination.


Further options:

An assessment report by the trainer on the suitability, storage, location and safety standard of the following:

  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Machinery
  • Abrasive products
  • The working area

Availability:

Please call Michelle for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or use the online contact form.

Practical TrainING

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Practical training in cutting, grinding, sanding

A practical training course comprising of 5 modules, closely supervised, for delegates keen to learn and put into practise new skills when using abrasives on metals and composites with typically the following equipment:

Angle grinders.

Bench/pedestal grinders.

Chop saws and petrol saws.

Die grinders

Although safety is our top priority this course is designed to demonstrate and promote best practise when grinding, cutting or sanding. For details of our safety training courses please click find out more.

Duration:

1 day course

Aim and Objectives:

Delegates, after completing the course, will have been enabled to have greater understanding, work safer and more efficiently when working with the machines, abrasives and work materials demonstrated.

Who should attend:

The course is open to all regardless of experience but keen to learn new skills and take advantage of exciting developments in abrasive technology. Suitable for operators and supervisors working with angle grinders, chop saws, petrol saws, bench and pedestal grinders. Typical industries building, construction, fabrication, general engineering, automotive workshops and maintenance departments. Delegates will be provided with detailed notes, instructions and a certificate of attendance.

Course Content:

Module 1.  Introduction.

Risk assessment. What are the risks?

Hazards and dangers in the use of abrasive wheels and discs.

Personal protective equipment. The right type for the job!

Module 2. Practical demonstration and instruction followed by delegate participation in the correct mounting of abrasive wheels/discs on the following equipment where appropriate:

Portable angle grinders.

Bench grinder.

Chop saw.

Module 3. Practical demonstration of grinding, cutting and sanding techniques when using 'Module 2' machinery on the following work-piece materials:

Mild steel.

Stainless steel.

Aluminium.

Composite materials.

Module 4. Practical demonstration of the benefits of grinding, cutting and sanding when using the correct abrasive products from a choice of:

Over 5 different types of abrasive grain.

Over 10 different backings or bond.

Over 20 grit sizes.

Various shapes and dimensions.

All to achieve the desired finish, stock removal or speed of process.

Module 5. Delegates, under supervision, will have the opportunity of working with the following abrasive products on various work-pieces and machines where appropriate:

Cutting/grinding discs.

Grinding wheels (including dressing).

Spiral bands.

Sanding discs.

Flap discs and wheels.

Surface conditioning discs.


Each module is variable and based on your aims and objectives and the requirements of your workforce.

Availability:

Please call Michelle for full details on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email: training@abtecindustries.com or use the online contact form.

Other Training Courses

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As a leading supplier of abrasive products to industry, Abtec provides grinding wheel and cutting disc training courses to individuals and companies throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.


The use of bonded abrasive that includes cutting and grinding discs and wheels has often, quite rightly, been seen as requiring safety training. Used incorrectly a bonded product could shatter sending debris in all directions at speeds in excess of 150 mph/241 kph. Injuries to operators and those in close attendance can be devastating or even fatal.


In the last few decades portable cutting, grinding, sanding and polishing machine use has increased dramatically. The demand for new and revolutionary abrasive products for these machines has been matched by the abrasive manufacturers. World renowned abrasive manufacturing companies that include Norton St.Gobain, Tyrolit, Sait Abrasives, Swiss Industrial Abrasives (SIA), Bibielle, Starcke, Hermes and many more have invested in producing products that previously would have been unavailable. In the case of the angle grinder it is now possible to grind, cut, sand and polish:

  • Almost any material including wood, metals, plastic, glass, stone and composites.
  • Remove substantial amount of material and achieve mirror finish on stone based products as well as many metals.
  • Increase productivity and safety by using new long-lasting and highly efficient abrasive and bonds.
  • Many of these new products are not bonded abrasive but coated abrasive.


Consequently safety training in the use of these products requires a different emphasis. If a coated product were to break up in use then the effects for the operator could be substantially different. However many of the other hazards and dangers could result in the same outcome as bonded abrasive. Therefore it is vital to consider training for operators of these products and machines.


Each course may be taken at your location anywhere in the United Kingdom or Ireland. For all other locations please call our training department or use our on-line contact form.


Why not contact us now to discuss your training requirements and allow us to create a course suited to your needs. Your training contact is Michelle and she can be contacted In the U.K. free on 0800 027 1928 or 01945 585500 or email training@abtecindustries.com or use the contact form.