Safety Checklist: Abrasive Wheel Equipment Grinders

Posted By: Erin Russell Health & Safety,
From Standard 29 CFR 1910.215:
  • Do side guards cover the spindle, nut and flange and 75% of the wheel diameter?
  • Is the work rest used and kept adjusted to within 1/8-inch (0.3175cm) of the wheel?
  • Is the adjustable tongue guard on the top side of the grinder used and kept to within 1/4-inch (0.6350cm) of the wheel?
  • Is the maximum RPM rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the RPM rating of the grinder motor?
  • Before new abrasive wheels are mounted, are they visually inspected and ring tested?
From other OSHA Standards:
  • Is cleanliness maintained around grinders?
  • Are dust collectors and powered exhausts provided on grinders used in operations that produce large amounts of dust?
  • Are goggles or face shields always worn when grinding?
  • Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently mounted?
  • Does each electrically operated grinder have a permanent, continuous and effective path to ground?
  • Are fixed or permanently mounted grinders connected to their electrical supply system with metallic conduit or other permanent method?
  • Does each grinder have an individual on and off control switch?

Grinder with individually labeled parts