Jan 20, 2014 News
– Consumers should have confidence in the accuracy of weights, measures
Verification of measuring devices has commenced for the first half of 2014 and users of same are urged to submit theirs for verification at the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) Head Office as soon as possible.
Every year the Bureau conducts verification exercises, sometimes quarterly to ensure that weights and measures are in compliance with the required standards.
Other offices opened for verification include Sub-offices in New Amsterdam, Anna Regina, Vreed-en-Hoop and Lethem, the nearest Weights and Measures Office located in the various administrative regions or any mobile stamping location.
According to the GNBS, persons make many purchases that rely on confidence in a system of measurement that ensures accurate quantities of goods are provided.
“Likewise, businesses need to know that they are also trading in a fair market place where no one company has an unfair competitive advantage,” GNBS noted.
In Guyana, a legislative and practical enforcement programme governed by the 1981 Weights & Measures Act is in place to ensure that consumers receive the correct quantity of products purchased. This objective is achieved by ensuring that all weighing and measuring devices used in commercial trade are verified by GNBS; they are examined to determine fitness for use and are tested to ensure accuracy.
It is essential for the manufacturers, suppliers and customers of goods and services to have mutual confidence in the accuracy, precision and reliability of the measurements made at every level.
“The accuracy of measurements made in commerce, for example, the weight of one kg of potatoes or chicken determined by a scale in the local market is ultimately traceable to physical standards used by the GNBS, which are traceable to International Standards,” the Bureau noted.
“This traceability allows for accurate and reliable measurements on the local and international markets, and provides for consistency of measurements worldwide. Consumers can therefore have confidence in the accuracy of the local systems of weights and measures.”
Devices verified by the GNBS include: all scales, masses and measures, storage tanks flow meters, measuring rules, electricity meters and petrol pumps.
Also included, are devices used at shops, markets, supermarkets, rice and sugar industries, fisheries, manufacturing companies, hospitals and health centres, airlines and shipping companies, post offices, petrol stations and bulk terminals.
All importers and users of weighing and measuring devices are obligated to ensure that their devices are verified by the GNBS as required by the Weights and Measures Act.
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