Weiler Abrasives Expands Safety Program
Abrasive products and brushes manufacturer Weiler Abrasives (Cresco, Pennsylvania) has recently expanded its SPOT Safety Training Program.
According to reports, in 2023 the program will add a video series of six focused training modules for cutting wheels; grinding and combo wheels; cups, cones and plugs; coated abrasives; power brushes; and general abrasives and brushes.
“The safe use of our abrasive products is our priority. The more we can raise awareness of safety best practices, the better protected our customers will be,” said Nate Schmid, Director of Global Marketing, Weiler Abrasives Group.
“Work-related injuries cost U.S. businesses $160 billion a year. The Weiler SPOT Safety Program can help companies reduce costs by lessening the risk of workplace injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims.”
The new videos will be available in English with a Spanish version available by the first quarter of 2023.
Based on a methodology for speed and size, pressure, orientation and time, Weiler’s SPOT Safety Training Program was designed to educate abrasive users on how to use abrasives safely and effectively, in addition to usage, potential hazards and other industry-related safety tips.
In a study by ScienceDirect, researchers found that over 5,000 injuries are related to grinders each year, many involving abrasive cutting wheels or require medical treatment and filing an OSHA incident report. In 2020, the National Safety Council found that businesses in the United States spent $163 billion on work-related injuries.
It is for these reasons, among others, that Weiler took it upon themselves to create a safety training program.
By completing the SPOT Safety Training Program, abrasive users will be able to:
The program also aims to teach trainees to identify potential hazards associated with abrasives use and how to implement safe work practices. Once completed, trainees receive a certificate of completion.
The company shares that the program can be delivered onsite or virtually, including classroom training and, if necessary, hands-on training. Weiler also offers an onsite assessment to help identify opportunities for improvement regarding the safe and proper use of abrasives and brushes.