National Weights and Measures Week
When you purchase 12 gallons of gas, a pound of deli meat, buy bulk stone, gravel, mulch or home heating oil how do you know you are getting what you paid for? The work of weights and measures inspectors help to maintain fairness in the marketplace, by making sure consumer products and services, sold by weight, volume, length or quantity, are being sold by the accurate amount.
Now you may be asking yourself, how exactly does weights and measures relate to agriculture?
Ohio law designates the Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), as the “State Sealer” of weights and measures. Our Division of Weights and Measures protects all Ohio businesses and consumers, by working with county and city weights and measures programs to test devices ranging from gas pumps and supermarket scanners, to vehicle, livestock scales and home heating delivery trucks for consistent measuring standards and to ensure businesses are properly compensated for their services.
In recognition of this important service provided by our inspectors here at ODA and all State, County and City Sealers around the country, this year’s National Weights and Measures Week has been dubbed: “Weights and Measures Officials – Making Sure the Marketplace Measures up.”
The National Conference on Weights and Measures selected March 1 to 7 for the recognition because of its historic significance, as John Adams signed the first U.S. weights and measures law into effect March 2, 1799.
While there has certainly been much advancement in the technology used in weighing and measuring products for commerce and accuracy, equity issues will persist, making weights and measures inspectors essential for maintaining the integrity of our economy.
So the next time you’re at the pump, in the checkout line at your local grocery store, receiving home heating oil, or buying bulk mulch, take a moment to think of the inspectors who work hard to make sure you are getting your money’s worth as a consumer and as a business owner you are being properly compensated for your services.