3M Abrasives - Safety Built In

Take control of abrasive hazards, protecting your employees from long-term workplace health & safety hazards.

Using abrasive tools and equipment can be dangerous.

In order to keep operations running and people safe, we've partnered with 3M highlighting common workplace hazards and how 3M abrasives can help manage those hazards.


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Workplace Hazards

  • Hand arm vibration (HAVS)
  • Dust management
  • Noise protection
  • Injury protection

Hand Arm Vibration (HAVS)

Hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) is an industrial injury caused by continuous exposure to vibrations from hand held tools or machinery.
These include: grinders, disc sanders, random orbital sanders and similar products. Prolonged vibration exposure transmitted from those tools to the body can damage the blood vessels, nerves and tendons in the fingers, hand and wrist. Vibration related injuries can leave the sufferer with reduced sensitivity, strength and dexterity. Once these conditions take hold, they are irreversible.

How 3M Products Help Reduce Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS)

3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives work up to twice as fast as conventional alternatives. The smooth cutting action requires less operator pressure, completing the job faster, leading to reduced operator time on the tool. The power of 3M Precision Shaped Ceramic Grain means a conventional bonded wheel can be replaced with a 3M™ Cubitron™ II fibre disc - even on tough jobs such as weld removal. Switching an abrasive wheel to a less rigidly constructed fibre disc also helps reduce vibration exposure.

Dust Management

The abrasive processes: sanding, grinding and cutting remove material from the work-piece resulting in generation of dust particles. Further dust is made from wear of the abrasive material itself. Dust in the air can be hazardous to operators through contact with exposed skin or eyes and especially by inhalation. Inhalable and respirable dust particles are very small and often invisible to the naked eye, but they can have the biggest impact on the health of your workers as they travel deeper into the lungs. Exposure can trigger short and long term health problems such as inflammation of the respiratory system and allergic reactions such as occupational asthma. Breathing problems resulting from dust exposure are not always instant and can take several years to develop.

How 3M products can help reduce dust in the workplace

The Precision Shaped Ceramic Grain used in 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives slices quickly and cleanly through workpiece material, producing larger chips called 'swarf', with less finer dust than conventional abrasivies. Faster cutting action of the mineral helps complete jobs faster and can help reduce duration of exposure to workplace dust. 3M™ Cubitron™ II abrasives are highly durable which means less wheel wear, reducing the level of dust from the abrasive itself. Switching from a conventional bonded wheel to a Cubitron™ II fibre disc can help further reduce this type of dust, due to different construction of the disc.

Noise Protection

The human ear is very sensitive, it detects pressure changes as small as 20µPa. Prolonged exposure to excessive levels of workplace noise can lead to irreversible, yet entirely preventable hearing damage significantly impacting a person’s day-to-day life.

How 3M Products Can Help Reduce Noise Levels In The Workplace

3M™ Cubitron™ II - engineered by 3M Precision Shaped Ceramic Grain, helps reduce noise exposure as they cut faster than conventional alternatives. Meaning less time on the tool to complete a job, reducing noise exposure levels in the workplace. Switching from a conventional bonded wheel to a Cubitron™ II fibre disc or Cubitron™ II flap disc can help reduce noise levels at application level.

Injury Protection

A grinding wheel or disc operates at approximately 10,000rpm, with its edge travelling at speeds of up to 180mph. Contact with hot or moving parts can cause cuts, burns, eye and other injuries in the workplace. Abrasive tools can also eject material at high speeds, creating hazards for workers.

How 3M Can Help With Workplace Injury Hazards

3M abrasive products are engineered and manufactured to the highest safety standards, giving you confidence they'll work reliably and safely if properly installed, operated and maintained. 3M™ Cubitron II™ abrasives last longer long than alternative products, meaning less frequent tool changes and fewer opportunities for mounting errors. They cut faster with less operator pressure, helping reduce operator fatigue and 'trigger time', making jobs safer and easier to do.