Abrasive wheels theory training
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- Last updated: 6 May 2022
- Grant rate/tier: £60 (Tier 1)
- Grant code: GET3098
Half day of 3 learning hours.
The purpose of this standard is to provide the delegate with the knowledge to support the following:
- abrasive wheels used for: portable grinders, angle grinders, disc cutters
- hazards, risks, and controls
- markings and selection
- storing handling, and transporting
- inspecting and testing
- components and functions
- assembling and mounting
- main abrasive wheels legislation
- understanding cutting/grinding process
Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):
- operative and craft
There are no delegate pre-requisites as part of this standard.
As a minimum, course trainers must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:
- an award in education and training (or equivalent, as per requirements for approved training organisations)
- successfully completed training to this standard
- at least 2 years relevant industrial experience
- a verifiable CV
Delivery may be in an on or off the job environment
All materials and equipment must be of a suitable quality and quantity for delegates to achieve learning outcomes and must comply with relevant legislation
The class size and delegate/trainer ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable delegates to achieve the learning outcomes
The following delivery methods may be used in the delivery of this standard:
- a blend of classroom and e-learning
- a blend of classroom and remote
This standard is considered to contain 51% or more theoretical learning
This standard is considered to be set at a basic level.
Methods of assessment considered appropriate for training delivered against this standard are:
- For the successful completion of training, delegates must complete an end of course knowledge test that measures all learning outcomes and has a pass or fail criteria.
- Where this training is assessed using multiple-choice questions, a minimum of 10 questions must be asked and delegates are required to achieve an overall pass mark of at least 80%.
Quality assurance against this standard will require initial approval of the training organisation and their content mapped to the standard
CITB will also conduct an approval intervention, either desk-based or centre visit, to ensure the training organisation can meet the requirements of the training standard
Approved training organisations (ATOs) will be required to present information on records of training and assessment upon request to CITB for desk-based analysis. They will also be visited annually by the CITB quality assurance team.
Renewal every 3 years.
On request or 3 years from approval date.
Learning outcomes (additional guidance)
The delegate will be able to:
- describe the hazards, risks, and controls for abrasive wheels (HSE-HSG17, SR21, CIS54)
- select an abrasive wheel to suit the material and task, using the markings
- store, handle, and transport abrasive wheels safely
- inspect and test abrasive wheels for damage and out-of-balance (HSE-HSG129)
- describe the names and functions of all the components of abrasive wheel assemblies such as: flanges, blotters, bushes, nuts, etc.
- assemble abrasive wheel units correctly to make sure they are balanced and safe to use
- identify suitable personal protective equipment (PPE), and respiratory protective equipment (RPE) required, such as rated eye protection (HSE website)
- Describe the methods of cutting/grinding
Additional information about this standard
For the duties of those people using abrasive wheels to be fully understood, the standard should be read in conjunction with the:
- PUWER Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) (PDF)
- The Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 2002
- The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 (as amended)
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