a picture of a hand holding a belt grinder and grinding a piece of metal

Various types of hand-held power tools are used with abrasive belts. They are called belt grinders or belt sanders. 
This page presents the safety recommendations applying to abrasives belts used on belt grinders.

a belt sander        a belt grinder

a large belt grinder                 several abrasive belts for sanding

Safety recommendations for the use of abrasive belts on belt sanders/grinders

80% of the accidents with abrasive products are due to its misuse or mishandling. This website has been created by FEPA's experts to spare the end-users from getting hurt while using abrasive products professionally or for home projects.

FEPA general safety principals

cover page of the safety recommendations leaflet for the use of abrasives products

Dos & Don’ts for these products

cover page of the safety leaflet on how to use belt grinders

What is a safe product? What should I look for?

All belts should be examined carefully for damage or defects before fitting on the machine.









How should I handle and store the wheels?

All belts should be handled with care.

Belts should be stored in their packaging on a flat, rigid surface, avoiding damp and frost or wide variation in temperature.




How should I fit the wheel on the machine?

Follow carefully the instructions given in the machine handbook.






How should I protect myself?

FEPA recommends the use of following personal protective equipment (often written PPE): 

Eye protection 
Ear protection (ear sets)
Hand protection (gloves)
Lung protection (dust mask, also called respirator)

Ensure that no other person is at risk, especially near the machine while working.

How should I handle the wheel after use?

Before storing the machine or transporting it to another location, always remove the belt and store it as recommended. 

Always carefully examine the belt for damage or defects, and destroy and discard if damaged.









How can I get proper training?

It is a legal requirement for all employees involved in the use of abrasives belts to be properly trained and also re-trained on a regular basis. They should consult their employer if they have not received this training.

The belt manufacturer or supplier can advise you on suitable accredited training providers. 

As a private consumer, you should read carefully the safety information found in: 

The grinding machine handbook 
The FEPA general safety principles leaflet (see above)
The FEPA safety leaflet for grinding with a a belt grinder (see above)



a close-up photo of a belt grinder

This website is intended to give information on safe use of abrasives in compliance with European standards, and not to give advice on product selection.
You should read the information given on the product or its packaging to determine suitability. For any specific question, contact the retailor who supplied you the product.