oSa (Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives)

In a host of applications grinding and cutting require very high peripheral speeds from the rotating abrasive product. These products must therefore be particularly safe so as to stand up to the extreme mechanical and thermal stress.

Regrettably there are no globally binding safety requirements for abrasive products.

This is why responsible manufacturers of abrasive products from a number of European countries set up the Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives (oSa) in 2000 and thus setting a clear signal against inferior and dangerous products.

oSa Logo

The user recognises these quality grade products from the oSa trade name. They signify to the manufacturer and trader a reduced liability risk, a market and competitive benefit and an image gain.

As a part of their in-house quality management system, the manufacturers see to it that the exact provisions are kept to and that only safe, high quality abrasive products are produced and marketed. The fact that the oSa – Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives – issues the worldwide protected oSa trademark to members is confirmation of this internal commitment. The oSa label does not mean that the Organisation for the Safety of Abrasives or its institutions assume any liability of the designated products.

The 7 criteria that guarantee oSa® safety

  • Voluntary commitment of the manufacturer
  • Testing facilities and expertise under the manufacturer's roof
  • Certified quality management including documented processes
  • Independent product tests
  • Independent safety audits performed by external auditors
  • Regular production monitoring and control
  • Safety as products can be traced back all the way to the manufacturer
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