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Abrasive wheels storage, transport; dressing and mounting


This training standard is also known as: Abrasive Wheels. The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills in the safe: storage, transport, dressing and mounting of abrasive wheels.


Minimum half a day of 3 learning hours


The purpose of this standard is to provide the candidate with knowledge and skills in the safe: storage, transport, dressing and mounting of abrasive wheels.

The scope of this standard covers:

  • abrasive wheels used for: portable grinders, angle grinders, disc cutters, and bench/pedestal mounted grinding machines
  • hazards, risks, and controls
  • markings and selection
  • storing handling, and transporting
  • inspecting and testing
  • components and functions
  • assembling and mounting
  • dressing and mounting on bench/pedestal (not portable)
  • main abrasive wheels legislation.

Occupational relevance

Training delivered against this standard would be relevant to the following occupational group(s):

  • operative and craft
  • supervision.

Candidate pre-requisites

There are no candidate pre-requisites as part of this standard.


As a minimum, course instructors must be able to demonstrate that, in relation to this standard, they have:

  • a train the trainer or instructional techniques course certificate
  • 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 candidates to achieve learning outcomes, and must comply with relevant legislation.

The class size and candidate/instructor ratio must allow training to be delivered in a safe manner and enable candidates to achieve the learning outcomes.

This standard is considered to contain 51 per cent or more practical training.


For the successful completion of training, the trainer will be required to make a declaration of the learner’s contribution during the course and that they are confident the learner has understood the content of the course.

Quality assurance

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.


Recommended refreshment: Health & Safety Executive (HSE), other relevant codes of practice or industry card scheme criteria recommend that the candidate completes a refresher of his/her training, (i.e. to ensure their knowledge and/or skills are up to date) every 5 years.

Approval date

To be confirmed

Review cycle

Either on request or in 3 years from approval date.

Learning outcomes

The candidate will be able to

Additional guidance to support learning outcome

Describe the hazards, risks, and controls for abrasive wheels


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


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


Dress an abrasive wheel including adjusting the rest

Optional. This learning outcome is not for portable tools. Bench or pedestal mounted abrasive wheel equipment is required.

Identify suitable personal protective equipment (PPE) required, such as rated eye protection


List the relevant legislation and where to find it

Health & Safety Executive (HSE) website

Additional information about this standard

Training delivered against this standard can be used for either portable or bench/pedestal mounted abrasive wheels, or a combination of both.

For the duties of those people using abrasive wheels to be fully understood, the standard should be read in conjunction with the: