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• Part Number: 1915
• Part Title: Occup. Safety and Health Standards for Shipyard Employment
• Subpart: H
• Subpart Title: Tools and Related Equipment
• Standard Number: 1915.134
• Title: Abrasive wheels.


This section shall apply to ship repairing, shipbuilding and shipbreaking.
1915.134(a)
Floor stand and bench mounted abrasive wheels used for external grinding shall be provided with safety guards (protection hoods). The maximum angular exposure of the grinding wheel periphery and sides shall be not more than 90 degrees, except that when work requires contact with the wheel below the horizontal plane of the spindle, the angular exposure shall not exceed 125 degrees. In either case the exposure shall begin not more than 65 degrees above the horizontal plane of the spindle. Safety guards shall be strong enough to withstand the effect of a bursting wheel.
1915.134(b)
Floor and bench mounted grinders shall be provided with work rests which are rigidly supported and readily adjustable. Such work rests shall be kept a distance not to exceed 1/8 inch from the surface of the wheel.
1915.134(c)
Cup type wheels used for external grinding shall be protected by either a revolving cup guard or a band type guard in accordance with the provisions of the United States of America Standard Safety Code for the Use, Care, and Protection of Abrasive Wheels, B7.1-1964. All other portable abrasive wheels used for external grinding shall be provided with safety guards (protection hoods) meeting the requirements of paragraph (e) of this section, except as follows:
1915.134(c)(1)
When the work location makes it impossible, in which case a wheel equipped with safety flanges as described in paragraph (f) of this section shall be used.
1915.134(c)(2)
When wheels 2 inches or less in diameter which are securely mounted on the end of a steel mandrel are used.
1915.134(d)
Portable abrasive wheels used for internal grinding shall be provided with safety flanges (protection flanges) meeting the requirements of paragraph (f) of this section, except as follows:
1915.134(d)(1)
When wheels 2 inches or less in diameter which are securely mounted on the end of a steel mandrel are used.
1915.134(d)(2)
If the wheel is entirely within the work being ground while in use.
1915.134(e)
When safety guards are required, they shall be so mounted as to maintain proper alignment with the wheel, and the guard and its fastenings shall be of sufficient strength to retain fragments of the wheel in case of accidental breakage. The maximum angular exposure of the grinding wheel periphery and sides shall not exceed 180 degrees.
1915.134(f)
When safety flanges are required, they shall be used only with wheels designed to fit the flanges. Only safety flanges of a type and design and properly assembled so as to insure that the pieces of the wheel will be retained in case of accidental breakage shall be used.
1915.134(g)
All abrasive wheels shall be closely inspected and ring tested before mounting to ensure that they are free from cracks or defects.
1915.134(h)
Grinding wheels shall fit freely on the spindle and shall not be forced on. The spindle nut shall be tightened only enough to hold the wheel in place.
1915.134(i)
The power supply shall be sufficient to maintain the rated spindle speed under all conditions of normal grinding. The rated maximum speed of the wheel shall not be exceeded.
1915.134(j)
All employees using abrasive wheels shall be protected by eye protection equipment in accordance with the requirements of Subpart I of this part except when adequate eye protection is afforded by eye shields which are permanently attached to the bench or floor stand.

[61 FR 26321, May 24, 1996; 67 FR 44543, July 3, 2002]

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