Basic safety when using diamond cup wheels

Always wear eye, hearing and dust protection! Wear a respiratory mask if necessary!
Consider using a PAPR (powered air purifying respirator). For more info on silica, see Safe Work Australia's info here.

Careless or improper use of a cup or flap wheel could cause personal injury!

  • Ensure you are wearing the correct personal protective equipment. If dry grinding, use a PAPR (powered air purifying respirator).
  • Make sure your work area is safely away from other workers, pedestrians, animals or any flammable materials
  • Do not use any tools if damage is suspected
  • Beware of sun damage to the operator
  • Have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit nearby
  • Do not force the wheel onto a machine or alter the arbour size in anyway. Do not use a wheel if the arbour is a loose fit
  • Install the cup wheel with the arrow pointing in the rotation direction of the tool
  • Use a cup wheel that is suitable for the machine and the material to be cut
  • Ensure you do not exceed the maximum RPM rating for the wheel
  • Check the cup wheel for suitability before grinding dry
  • Check diamond cup wheel for damage before installing
  • Check machine condition before performing any grinding operations
  • Check condition of cup wheel regularly
  • Check all electrical cords and plugs (if applicable) and protect them from water. Always use an RCD
  • Never grind with the safety guards removed
  • Do not side grind unless the wheel is specifically designed for that purpose
  • Be aware of fume build up even in open buildings
  • When workers cut, saw, crush, drill, grind or polish products that contain silica, particles are created, which are one-hundredth of the size of a grain of sand. These can get  stuck deep in the lungs. Ensure precautions to limit exposure to dust are in place.
    Use a half face respirator or a PAPR (Powered air purifying respirator). See the WA government's info on silica dust here.
  • If you are grinding wet, the slurry created can dry out and create a hazard for other users - dispose of slurry as per your local regulations.

Recommended and maximum  speeds for discs:

This NSW Government video explains in 3 minutes the dangers of working with silica dust. It also  shows how to manage the risks involved when working with silica dust.

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