Industrial or manufacturing settings can often be dangerous and there are several hazards which workers need to avoid. If you are planning on using a grinding machine such as a creepfeed grinder, cylindrical grinder or surface grinder then make sure you follow these steps to keep you safe.
Before you go anywhere near a grinding machine make sure that you have received the relevant training and feel confident using the machine
If you don’t feel that you’ve had adequate training then inform your supervisor and ask for help. You may feel silly doing it but it could help prevent a serious accident.
Only use a grinding machine when there is someone else near by so they can come to your aid in the event of an accident.
Always wear safety goggles when using a grinding machine. Grinding machines are used to grind all sorts of materials including metals and plastic and debris can easily fly off the grinding wheel. Protect your eyes from flying debris with goggles.
Before you turn on the machine familiarise yourself with all the controls including the emergency stop button. You should practice pressing the emergency stop button so that you can do it as quickly as possible if needed.
Wear other safety equipment as necessary such as protective gloves and durable clothing.
Never wear loose clothing such as a tie or an untucked shirt when using a grinding machine as it could get caught in the wheel.
If you have long hair always tie it back neatly before using a grinding machine. This will ensure your vision is not obscured and eliminate the risk of getting your hair caught in the machine.
Most grinding machines include a shield that can be pulled down over the wheel to protect the user from flying debris. Always make sure you use the protective shield, even if you’re only carrying out a quick job.
Make sure you only grind appropriate materials on the machine or you could risk damaging it and causing an accident or injury.
Remember it’s of the utmost importance that before embarking on any work with a grinding machine you feel confident using it. Make sure you regularly update any training you do regularly and keep abreast of health and safety policy at all times.