Committees

ANSI Accredited Standards Committee B7 on Use, Care and Protection of Abrasive Wheels

Committee B7 creates specifications for safety in the use of bonded, coated and loose abrasives, excluding natural sand stones; including safety requirements for abrasive products, abrasive machines and accessories, and requirements for the proper storage, handling and mounting of abrasive products.

Individuals or organizations interested in serving on the ANSI B7 and/or B74 Accredited Standards Committees are encouraged to contact the UAMA office for additional information.

Technical Committee No. 1 on Use, Care, and Protection of Abrasive Wheels, Machines and Accessories

Committee No. 1 develops safety specifications and for the use, care, and protection of abrasive wheels, including safety guards, flanges, chucks, proper storage, handling and mounting. Also, to develop standards as they apply to grinding machines, designed primarily for metal removal that present grinding tools against workpieces producing change in shape, size, and/or surface finish by grinding. Such standards would also apply to machines when they are grinding materials other than metals such as glass, ceramics, plastic and rubber. Exclusions from these machine requirements would be portable, hand-held grinders, except for those machine elements, such as flanges, that affect the safe mounting and use of the wheel, machines using loose abrasives, machines used for concrete cutting on road construction jobs, and natural sandstones, pulpstones, and coated abrasive products.

Technical Committee No. 2 on Construction, Care, and Use of Grinding Machines

The work proposed for this committee has been merged with Technical Committee No. 1.

Technical Committee No. 3 on Use, Care and Protection of Abrasive Wheels Used on Portable Electric Grinders and Portable Electric Cutting-off Machines

Committee was disbanded on January 14, 1987, since Power Tool Institute felt that material contained in proposed document would be included in B7.1

Technical Committee No. 4 on Construction, Care and Use of Pneumatic-Powered, Hand-held, Portable Abrasive Machines

Compressed Air and Gas Institute will continue work under the B186 banner and has disbanded this committee.

Technical Committee No. 5 on Construction, Use and Care of Gasoline-Powered, Hand-Held, Portable, Abrasive Cutting-Off Machines

Committee No. 5 develops specifications for safety requirements for the construction, use and care of gasoline-powered, hand-held, portable, abrasive cutting-off machines.

Technical Committee No. 6 on Construction, Care and Use of Bench and Pedestal Grinders

Committee was disbanded on January 14, 1987, since Power Tool Institute felt that material contained in proposed documents would be included in B7.1 standard.

Technical Committee No. 7 on Use, Care, and Protection of Coated Abrasives

Committee No. 7 develops, as required, safety information concerning the proper use of coated abrasives.

Technical Committee No. 8 on Construction, Care, and Use of Masonry and Concrete Abrasive Machines

Committee No. 8 provides for safety requirements for the construction, care and use of masonry and concrete abrasive machines, excluding gasoline-powered, pneumatic-powered, electric-powered, hand-held, portable abrasive machines.

ANSI Accredited Standards Committee B74 on Abrasives

The B74 Committee on Abrasives develops identification and dimensional standards and standard test methods.

Individuals or organizations interested in serving on the ANSI B7 and/or B74 Accredited Standards Committees are encouraged to contact the UAMA office for additional information.

Technical Committee No. 1 on Bonded Abrasives

Technical Committee No. 2 on Loose Abrasives

Technical Committee No. 3 on Diamond Abrasives

Technical Committee No. 4 on Coated Abrasives

Special Interest Committees

Environmental and Occupational Safety

The purpose of this committee is to inform and make recommendations to member companies regarding effective occupational health, environmental, waste disposal and safety improvement programs. The scope of work includes identifying changes in legislation and regulatory standards applicable to member companies and to discuss methods of meeting the standards. Involvement in safety is limited to occupational health and the formation of products as they affect the user.

Human Resources

The purpose of the committee is to promote sound human resources practices within the abrasives industry in the interest of the generation of beneficial employee relations and optimize human resource utilization in the industry. Committee activities encompass both union and non-union operations covering all aspects of employee relations, compensation and benefit issues, government regulations and legislation, productivity improvement and human resource development.

Meeting Arrangements

This committee is responsible for recommending and selecting locations for the spring and fall meetings in conjunction with the Executive Director. This committee also develops the program outline for Abrasive Conferences and recommends speakers for the alternate year’s presentations in conjunction with the Education, Conference and Workshop Committee. The committee generally holds short meetings during both the annual spring and fall UAMA sessions and meets as necessary to plan conferences.

Education, Conference and Workshop

This committee was established to develop special programs that are designed to educate the members of UAMA and those active in the abrasive industry on topics pertaining to the industry. Workshops have been developed in the past that dealt with such issues as environmental, legislative, legal trends, packaging and materials. The Association will continue developing programs to help educate its members.

Membership

This committee is responsible for securing, qualifying and maintaining the membership of UAMA. The committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for membership drives and solicitation, special promotional programs related to membership, and recommendations pertaining to new or existing membership categories.

Industrial Information

Representatives who serve on the Industrial Information Committee serve to vote on any issues that may develop from the forum (held during annual meetings) to be directed to each specific UAMA Division. The members of the committee currently do not in addition to the forum. The Chairman may call upon committee members to research discussion topics prior to a meeting and to give a brief presentation.

Public Relations

This committee oversees both internal and external public relations activities for the Association. The committee coordinates the creation and distribution of UAMA newsletters, press releases, promotional materials, conference promotional materials, etc. The committee develops and promotes good relations with other industry associations, industry publications and the media.