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  1. Remove all flammable materials from the work area.
  2. Ensure work area is clean, free from slip, trip and fall hazards
  3. Keep the power cord away from the grinding wheel and the material being ground.
  4. Have personnel not involved in the immediate work step away to a safe distance from the grinding area.
  5. Secure work with clamps or a vice to free both hands to properly operate the tool with a secure two handed grip.
  1. Wear appropriate PPE. – Safety Glasses or goggles, a face shield to protect the entire face from flying particles, hearing protection to prevent potential hearing loss.
  2. Wear tight fitting gloves to avoid snagging on the turning abrasive wheel or wire brush.
  3. Wear an apron, metatarsal safety boots and respirator if materials being ground call for a respirator.
  4. Do not wear loose jewelry or other items that could become entangled in moving parts.
  5. Avoid wearing loose clothing or secure any loose clothing, i.e. tuck in shirt tail, zip up coat, etc.
  6. Tuck in or secure long hair.
  1. Use both hands to maintain a proper grip on the grinder.
  2. Allow grinder to reach full rpm before starting the grinding process.
  3. Position yourself to avoid overbalancing.
  4. When grinding avoid placing excessive pressure on the abrasive wheels.
  5. Do not grind objects on sides of grinding wheels.
  6. Materials may become hot requiring the use of proper gloves.
  7. Ensure the floor around the work area is clean and free of trip hazards.
  8. Do not operate grinders on wet floors.
  9. Clean and service grinders according to manufacturers’ recommendations.
  10. Record all maintenance and discrepancies.  Take the grinder out of service if damaged, including the power cord.
  11. Do not use grinding wheels that are cracked or those that excessively vibrate.
  12. Be aware of your surroundings and co-workers.  Do not shower them with sparks and hot particles.