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Abrasive Wheel Equipment Grinders

This checklist is not all-inclusive. You should add to it or delete items that do not apply to your business; however, carefully consider each item and make your decision. You should refer to Minnesota statutes and rules, and federal OSHA standards adopted by reference in Minnesota for specific guidance that may apply to your work situation (see (Note: This checklist is typical for general industry but not for construction or maritime industries.)
  • Is the work rest used and kept adjusted to within 1/8 inch (0.3175 centimeter) of the wheel?
  • Is the adjustable tongue on the top side of the grinder used and kept adjusted to within 1/4 inch (0.6350 centimeters) of the wheel?
  • Do side guards cover the spindle, nut and flange and 75 percent of the wheel diameter?
  • Are bench and pedestal grinders permanently mounted?
  • Are goggles or face shields always worn when grinding?
  • Is the maximum revolutions per minute (rpm) rating of each abrasive wheel compatible with the rpm rating of the grinder motor?
  • Are fixed or permanently mounted grinders connected to their electrical supply system with metallic conduit or other permanent wiring method?
  • Does each grinder have an individual on and off control switch?
  • Is each electrically operated grinder effectively grounded?
  • Are new abrasive wheels visually inspected and ring tested before they are mounted?
  • Are dust collectors and powered exhausts provided on grinders used in operations that produce large amounts of dust?
  • Are splash guards mounted on grinders that use coolant to prevent the coolant from reaching employees?
  • Is cleanliness maintained around grinders?
Source: Federal OSHA