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Safety first

Safety recommendations

Employers shall carry out a risk assessment on all individual abrasive processes to determine the appropriate protective measures necessary. They shall ensure that their employees are suitably trained to carry out their duties. All users of abrasive products in the interest of their personal safety shall follow recommendations contained in Safety recommendations leaflet.


For more detailed information on the safe use of abrasive products, please refer to Safety Codes
• FEPA Safety Code for Bonded Abrasives and Precision Superabrasives
• FEPA Safety Code for Coated Abrasives
• FEPA Safety Code for Superabrasives for Stone and Construction

Contact us to get your copy


Directives, norms and standards

ANSI American National Standards Institute

ANSI B7.1-2010

Safety Requirements for the Use, Care and Protection of Abrasive Wheels

AS Australian Standards

AS 1788.1-1987

Abrasive wheels - Design, construction, and safeguarding

AS 1788.2-1987

Abrasive wheels - Selection, care, and use

DI European Directives

DI 85/374/EEC 25/07/1985

The Product Liability Directive defines a regime of strict liability for defective products.

DI 92/58/EEC 24/06/1992

This directive lays down minimum requirements for the provision of safety and/or health sign at work.

DI 95/16/EC 29/06/1995

Permits the free circulation of lifts and its safety components within the internal EU market and ensures a high level of safety for lift users and maintenance staff.

DI 98/37/EC 22/06/1998

Harmonises the design and construction of machinery with the aim of protecting the safety of workers using such machinery.

DI 2001/95/EC 03/12/2001

Applies in the absence of specific European regulations, governing the safety of certain categories of products or if specific regulations (sectoral) are insufficient. Furthermore, it is to be applied without prejudice to Directive 85/374/EEC concerning liability for defective products.

DI 2006/42/EC 17/05/2006

Provides the regulatory basis for the harmonisation of the essential health and safety requirements for machinery at European Union level. Replaces the Machinery Directive 98/37/EC.

DIN Deutsches Institut für Normung

DIN 332

60° centre holes - types R, A, B and C

DIN 6527

Solid hardmetal end mills with stepped parallel shank - Dimensions

DIN 8033

Hardmetal burrs - technical requirements

EN European Norms

EN 149

Respiratory protective devices - Filtering half masks to protect against particles - Requirements, testing, marking

EN 166

Personal eye-protection - Specifications

EN 352

Hearing protectors

EN 388

Protective gloves against mechanical risks

EN 458

Hearing protectors - Recommendations for selection, use, care and maintenance - Guidance document

EN 792

Hand-held non-electric power tools - Safety requirements

EN 12413

Safety requirements for bonded abrasive products

EN 13218

Machine tools - Safety - Stationary grinding machines

EN 13236

Safety requirements for superabrasive products

EN 13674

Railway applications - Track - Rail - Part 1 : vignole railway rails 46 kg/m and above

EN 13743

Safety requirements for coated abrasive products

EN 60745

Hand-held motor operated electric tools - Safety - Part 2-3 : particular requirements for grinders, polishers and disk-type sanders

EN 61029

Safety of transportable motor-operated electric tools

EN ISO European Norms ISO International Standards

EN ISO 6103

Bonded abrasive products - Permissible unbalances of grinding wheels as delivered - Static testing

EN ISO 7010

Graphical symbols - Safety colours and safety signs - Registered safety signs

EN ISO 11611

Protective clothing for use in welding and allied processes

EN ISO 11612

Protective clothing - Clothing to protect against heat and flame

EN ISO 19432

Building construction machinery and equipment - Portable, hand-held, internal combustion engine driven cut-off machines - Safety requirements

EN ISO 20345

Personal protective equipment - Safety footwear

ISO International Standards

ISO 525

Bonded abrasive products - General requirements

ISO 3864

Graphical symbols - Safety colours and safety signs - Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels

ISO 13942

Bonded abrasive products -- Limit deviations and run-out tolerances


Voluntary Product Information (VPI)
based on the format of a Safety Data Sheet

Under the REACH Regulation, the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) are only foreseen for substances and mixtures.

For this reason a Safety Data Sheet has not to be provided by MABTOOLS for its abrasive products.

MABTOOLS, as a member of FEPA, has nonetheless decided, on a voluntary basis and with no legal obligation, to provide a Voluntary Product Information (VPI) with the same format of a Safety Data Sheet.

Contact us to receive our VPIs as pdf


Obligation pictograms

Use for face grinding

Only permitted with back-up pad

Wear eye protection. Minimum protection level of EN 166 Grade B recommended.

Wear ear protection complying with EN 352 recommended for all applications where the workpiece or machine is hand-held, irrespective of the noise level.

Wear a dust mask complying with EN149 recommended for dry grinding processes even if extraction systems are provided

Read the instructions

Wear gloves. Minimum protection level of EN 388 Category 2 recommended.

Use face shield

Wear an apron



Prohibition pictograms

Not suitable for wet grinding

Not permitted for hand-held and manually guided grinding

Not permitted for face grinding

Do not use if damaged


How to read labels

1 Range - 2 European norm - 3 Maximum operating speed - 4 Product code - 5 EAN code - 6 Obligation and prohibition pictograms - 7 Dimensions in mm - 8 Specification - 9 Manufacturer - 10 Country of origin - 11 Manufacturer website - 12 Dimensions in inches - 13 Batch number - 14 Grit -