First Week in March is National Weights and Measures Week

For immediate release

Date: February 27, 2017
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070

(DENVER) –Gov. Hickenlooper has issued a proclamation declaring March 1 – 7 as Weights and Measures Week in Colorado.  Each year, the first week in March commemorates President John Adams signing the first weights and measures law in the United States on March 2, 1799.

The week provides an opportunity to remind consumers and businesses about the work done every day to ensure the accuracy of all commercially used weighing and measuring equipment. Coloradans buy gasoline by the gallon and purchase meat and produce by the pound.  Scales at DIA determine allowable luggage weights.  Every day, commercial scales, meters and scanning equipment ensure equity in the marketplace and the regular inspections of those devices protect consumers.

Inspectors at the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) at the Department of Labor and Employment play an important role in helping to ensure that Colorado consumers are getting what they are paying for.  These inspectors are responsible for inspecting more than 50,000 retail motor fuel dispensers in the state.

“Our inspectors verify the calibration of gas pumps and test motor fuel to ensure compliance with fuel quality standards,” says OPS Director Mahesh Albuquerque.  “Through our work, Coloradans can be confident they are getting what they pay for at the pump, while businesses are assured of an even playing field with their competitors.”

OPS also inspects bulk propane, gasoline and diesel truck meters and retail propane, compressed and liquefied natural gas dispensers for accuracy.  In addition, inspectors verify that the calibration mechanisms are sealed from tampering.  They look for leaks and evaluate advertising practices and price computations.  “We don’t favor the retailer or the consumer,” Albuquerque says.  “Our inspectors ensure accuracy and equity in the marketplace.”

Consumers who have a complaint or question about a retail motor fuel purchase or believe they are not getting precisely what they have paid for, can call 303-866-4967 and request an inspection.

Proclamation from Governor