A grinding wheel or disc may routinely operate at 10,000rpm; its edge travelling at speeds of up to 180mph. Contact with hot or moving parts can cause cuts, burns, eye and other injuries in the workplace. Abrasive tools can also eject material at high speeds, creating hazards for workers.
Wherever possible, machines should be fitted with guards to protect employees. Abrasive products should be inspected to ensure they are suitable and safe for use, they must only be used with compatible machines and be installed according to the instructions supplied by the manufacturer.
Even when other control mechanisms are in place, tasks that require operators to work with and in close proximity to abrasive operations, require the use of appropriate PPE to prevent injury.
3M abrasive products are engineered and manufactured to the highest safety standards, giving you the confidence that they will work reliably and safely if properly installed, operated and maintained. 3M™ Cubitron II™ abrasives last longer long than competitive products, this means less frequent tool changes and handling and fewer opportunities for mounting errors. They cut faster with less operator pressure, helping to reduce operator fatigue and 'trigger time' making jobs safer and easier to do.
The use of hand-held abrasive tools, or bench-mounted tools and hand-held workpieces can expose the operator to vibration and can lead to harmful conditions.
Minimise the risks by using the right abrasives that finish demanding tasks faster, with less pressure.
Dust exposure from abrasive processes can trigger inflammation, allergic reactions and respiratory problems.
Find out how 3M™ Cubitron™ II technology can help reduce exposure to airborne dust.
The selection of abrasive tools, products and systems have a significant impact on the noise generated when operating tools.
Switching abrasive products can be one way to help reduce abrasive noise levels.