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Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels (Petrol Cut Off Only)


Thanks to their impressive cutting power, petrol cut-off saws, or chop saws as they are sometimes known, are excellent for cutting small sections of hardcore material such as stone, concrete and steel. The circular friction disk blade is mounted directly onto a petrol-powered motor, allowing operators to cut through tough materials with a hand-held power tool.

Wearing appropriate PPE is essential when operating a petrol-driven cut-off saw and with it an acute awareness of the hazards of working with one. Operators are at risk of injury caused by noise, dust, poor ventilation, mishandling, and fuel handling, so safety training and accident prevention are critical.

This NCON Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels (Petrol Driven Cut-Off Saw) qualification enables delegates to demonstrate skill, knowledge, and competence in using a petrol-driven cut-off saw only.

Course Outline

Through a mix of practical and theory-based exercises and tutorials, delegates will cover manufacturer and general knowledge and awareness of abrasive wheel cutting equipment and participate in practical activities to learn best practices and operating methods to use them.

The course reflects national standards and industry best practices and is fully accredited in line with regulations. In addition, choose to learn with Citrus, and delegates will benefit from our custom-built training facilities and customer-first approach.

Our occupationally and technically-experienced trainers coach delegates on this course, completing the session with a practical observation and short answer question paper. They must pass the assessment to qualify for the NCON accredited certificate and ID card, valid for three years.

Course Programme

Delegates taking this Safe Use of Abrasive Wheels (Petrol Driven Cut Off Saw) training will cover knowledge, skills and operating practice.

Course content includes:

  • Legal requirements and responsibilities when handling abrasive wheels
  • Hazard identification and causes
  • Safe work area for petrol driven cut off saw use
  • Machinery selection and personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Method of marking, storing, handling and transporting
  • Storage, checking and use of discs
  • Machine checks - specifically of a petrol driven cut saw
  • Mounting a disc on a petrol driven cut saw
  • Practical session cutting of a range of materials
On Completion

Upon successfully completing this qualification, delegates will confidently:

  • Understand legal requirements and responsibility for the safe use of abrasive wheels
  • Identify a potential hazard and its potential risks
  • Select the appropriate machinery and PPE required for the work
  • Choose appropriate safety equipment and carry out learned pre-use checks
  • Be able to correctly mark, store, handle and transport abrasive wheels and any ancillary equipment such as discs
  • Conduct a practical exercise in a safe and efficient manner
  • Safely mount an abrasive disc on the machine ready for use
Who Should Attend?

The petrol driven cut off saw course is for anyone using petrol disc cutters or supervising their use. 

Course Duration

This training takes a half-day to complete.

Why Citrus?

We dedicate our efforts to unrivalled quality and the customer experience at Citrus Training. As a result, we are the leading UK-based provider of health, safety and technical training and assessment services to the Built Environment and Utility sectors.

Citrus Training serves 85 of the top 100 building services companies in the market. With nearly 20-years of sector-specific experience, we’ve gained invaluable training experiences and knowledge to pass on to our delegates.

Our Tools and Equipment training is accredited, regulated, and has exceptionally high standards. Assessing short and long-term workplace risks, we teach and promote current industry and legislative requirements to ensure delegates take them forward into their daily working lives.

Our trainers deliver courses at our nationwide, industry-leading and accredited training centres and offering the very best education standards and quality assurance.  

Things You Need to Know

The content of this course includes awareness of periodic examinations of equipment. The course does not provide full training in maintaining equipment. Additional training is available, contact us to learn more.

Delegates must be 18 or over. Before starting the course, they must inform their trainer of any special considerations, medication or physical restrictions that may cause difficulties in any part of the training.

All delegates must bring a passport photograph on the day of training for the production of ID cards.

A CITB grant from £400 to £488 is available for companies registered with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Enquire to learn more about funding options.

Popular FAQ's

We provide Safe use of Abrasive Wheels – Petrol Cut Off – Handle Held Angle Grinders and Bench Grinders. However, there may also be others we can assist with. See all courses here or contact us to find out more.

Unfortunately not, we run these as group or dedicated courses only.

All delegates must bring their own PPE with them on the day. A full list of requirements will be sent out to you pre-course.

We can provide a Petrol cut off and handheld grinder but if you require a bench grinder on-site you will need to provide one.

This is a half-day training course.

This NCON certificate is valid for three years.

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