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Do your employees work with bench and pedestal grinders? Make sure they follow these ten steps

by , 28 January 2014
It's important that you teach your employees to use bench and pedestal grinders safely. If you don't, they could be injured and this will slow you're your company's productivity. Don't take that risk. Make sure your employees follow these ten steps when using bench and pedestal grinders.

If your employees use bench and pedestal grinders, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires you to ensure your workers follow certain rules when using the equipment.

Make sure your employees follow these ten steps when using bench and pedestal grinders

The Health & Safety Advisor recommends you tell your employees to do the following when using bench and pedestal grinders:

Step #1: Fasten pedestal grinders and bench grinders securely.

Step #2: Ensure all the guards are in place and secure before using a grinder.

Step #3: Adjust tool rests to within 3mm (1/8 in) of wheels. Never adjust rests while wheels are moving.

Work rest height must be on horizontal centre line of the machine spindle (Driven Machinery Regulations8 (5)).

Step #4: Stand to one side of the grinder until it reaches operating speed.

Step #5: Bring work into contact with the grinding wheel slowly and smoothly, without bumping.

Step #6: Apply gradual pressure to allow the wheel to warm up evenly. Only use the pressure that's required to complete the job.

Step #6: Move the work back and forth across the face of the wheel. This prevents grooves forming.

Step #7: Wheels are made only for grinding certain items. Don't grind rough forgings on a small precision grinding wheel.

Step #8: Dress wheels regularly. Remember to do frequent light dressings rather than heavy dressings.

Step #9: Support dressing tools to apply leverage without undue effort. With revolving cutter dressing tools, use the lugs as anchors.

Step #10: Replace worn wheels if you can't dress them.

Remember, if your employees don't use bench and pedestal grinders properly, they'll be hurt. So make sure they follow these steps all the time.

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