The British Abrasives Federation has provided a detailed list of FAQ's, however if you wish to find out more about the different types of abrasive products manufactured and sold by BAF members, please click the links below.
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Q: Should wheel be marked with an expiry date?A:
To comply with EN12413:2007+A1 - Safety requirements for bonded abrasive products, Abrasive products with type of bond B (Resin) and BF (Resin/Reinforced) for use on hand-held grinding machines or hand-held cutting-off machines shall be marked with a date of expiry. The date of expiry shall at the longest be within 3 years from the date of manufacture. It is expressed as month and year e.g. 04/2009.
BAF recommends use of abrasive products complying with this standard and also EN13236 for superabrasive products and EN13743 for coated abrasive products.
Q: Are the Abrasive Wheels Regulations (1970) still in force?A:
Q: Is there a European safety standard for bonded abrasive products?A:
Yes, EN12413:2007 +A1 : Safety requirements for bonded abrasive products.
This standard is applicable to rotating bonded abrasive products. It is not a mandatory standard, but it is a standard that the BAF recommends that members manufacture or distribute products that conform with this standard.
Q: Is there a European safety standard for coated abrasive products?A:
Yes, EN13743:2009 - Safety requirements for coated abrasive products.
This European Standard is applicable to the following coated abrasive products: flap wheels, flap discs, vulcanised fibre discs and spindle mounted flap wheels. It also applies to back-up pads for vulcanised fibre discs.
This European Standard does not apply to non-woven web abrasive products, bonded abrasive products or superabrasive products.
It is not a mandatory standard, but it is a standard that the BAF recommends that members manufacture or distribute products that conform with this standard.
Q: How often should users of abrasive products be re-trained in their selection, mounting and safe use?A:
(The BAF) recommend that this be done every 3 years.
This frequency ensures that users are always up to date with changes in legislation and best practices of the industry.
The BAF have an accreditation programme aimed at Independent Trainers and holders of this accreditation have satisfied our experts that their training programmes meet our high standards.
A list of these are shown on this website under the heading ACCREDITED TRAINERS.