1. Follow all practices in Code of Safe Practice #5 Power Tools.
2. Always wear appropriate PPE (safety eyewear, hearing protection, etc.).
3. Ensure that the wheel or belt is free to revolve and is not in contact with anything prior to switching the power on.
4. Ensure the power cord is away from the wheel or belt prior to switching the power on.
5. Avoid unintentional starting by keeping your fingers away from the power switch when carrying or handling portable tools.
6. Ensure the grinder tool rest is no more than ⅛inch from the wheel and slightly above the center line.
7. Ensure that an appropriate guard covers the wheel on bench grinders.
8. Keep your body, hair and clothing away from all moving parts.
9. Do not wear jewelry or loosefitting clothing when operating rotating machinery such as grinders or sanders.
10. Always wear proper PPE, however, do not wear gloves when operating machinery such as bench grinders and disc sanders where there is the potential for the glove and your hand to be drawn into the machine.
11. Approved safety glasses and a face shield should be worn while operating grinders.
12. Ensure that no combustible or flammable materials are nearby that could be ignited by sparks from a grinding or sanding wheel.
13. Allow the machine to reach full operating speed prior to grinding or sanding.
14. Unless otherwise designed, only grind on the face of the grinding wheel.
15. Slowly move work pieces across the face of the wheel in a uniform manner.
16. Do not hold small pieces by hand. Use a visegrip type pliers, clamp or jig to hold pieces that are difficult to hold securely.
17.Periodically check grinding wheels for soundness.
18. Replace wheels that are worn, cracked or not suitable for use.
19. Do not use a wheel that has been dropped or received a heavy blow even if there is no apparent damage.
20. Always let a newly installed wheel run for a few seconds at full speed to ensure that it is properly balanced.
21. Sand only on the downstroke side of a disc sander.
22. Do not push materials against sanders with excessive force.
23. Set the rear of a belt sander on the work surface first.
24. Lift the sander or grinder from the work surface before switching the machine off.
25. Always ensure that a portable sander or grinder has completely stopped before setting it down.
26. Ensure that the belt is adjusted correctly, tracks properly and is not too tight or loose.
27. Always use the correct grade of abrasive material
28. Do not grind nonferrous materials such as aluminum.
29. Always turn the machine off and disconnect the power before installing or removing belts, discs or when making repairs.