Paris, France - Abrasive belts, used in various industries, can be dangerous and cause serious injuries to workers and end-users, especially in cases of misuse or operator error. According to safety experts in the abrasives industry, the overwhelming majority of actual accidents are due to operators failing to conceptualize the dangers that come with using abrasive products, as well as to take the necessary precautions to protect themselves. Typical mistakes include but are not limited to: (1) assembly and tool tightening, (2) storage conditions, or (3) extreme and inappropriate use of abrasive tools or machines. For example, operators may put the abrasive belt under extreme condition and use its edges, which can cause the breakage of the band itself, thus endangering end-users by potentially lashing them.
To prevent these accidents, FEPA, the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives, has published a leaflet providing safety recommendations when using coated abrasive belts. This safety document contains vital recommendations that must be communicated to and read by each worker using abrasive belts.
Thanks to the support of the Swedish Abrasives association, SSDL, a member of FEPA, this leaflet has been translated into Swedish in December 2016, joining a collection of translations in the various European languages, which can already be downloaded for free in: Bulgarian, English, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish and now Swedish. FEPA has also published a full set of safety information for most popular abrasives products on www.abrasivessafety.com.
FEPA, the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives, is an association representing over 80% of the European producers of abrasive products, a world leader, including SMEs and international companies in the world, as well as the abrasives National Associations and their members. FEPA Members cover 90% of abrasives European production, exporting 35% of it in the world.
FEPA’s missions, aside from representing the European abrasive industry, are to promote the safe use of abrasives produced in Europe and the safety of the end-users, to inform members on the evolution of the regulatory framework in Europe and worldwide, to support the producers with a range of technical, legal and scientific services, and to anticipate future challenges in the abrasives sector.
FEPA also has strong connections with non-European federations and abrasive producers in countries such as the USA.
The member companies produce all types of high quality abrasives:
- Bonded abrasives (inorganic and organic);
- Coated and non-woven abrasives;
- Superabrasives (diamond and cBN) for precision grinding, and;
- Superabrasives for stone and construction.
Abrasives are essential components weaved into numerous industries such as construction, automobile, aeronautics, environment, optical activities, glass, electronics… and also DIY.
To read more FEPA news, go to: https://www.fepa-abrasives.com/abrasive-news