Updated: Nov 4, 2020
It is a legal requirement under the PUWER 98 regulation that specifiers, buyers and operators using abrasives are trained in their safe use. It is also essential that this training is carried out to the highest possible standard and that proof of training is available on request should it be requested by authorities.
In response to the impact that COVID-19 has had on workplace access across the UK, combined with a recognition that legal requirements still need to be met, that the official accredited training program for the safe use of abrasives has been modified so it can be delivered as a remote learning experience.
The British Abrasives Federation, who oversee the training content and accreditation process through a network of approved training providers, have taken great care to maintain the effectiveness and integrity of such training without a trainer physically being on site.
The accredited scheme was established in 2009 as a response to high demand from industry for a robust training program as health and safety authorities started to increase their scrutiny on abrasive use in the workplace. Since then, thousands of workers using abrasives and associated tooling as part of their roles have benefited from the accredited training; during which topics such as proper machine guarding, over-speeding, correct mounting and personal protective equipment are covered.
For more information on the accredited training program including virtual options and to see details of our accredited training provider network, click HERE