March 1 - 7 Declared Weights And Measures Week In Colorado

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

The week provides an opportunity to educate consumers and businesses about the work done every day to ensure the accuracy of all commercially used weighing and measuring equipment in the state. Americans buy gasoline by the gallon and purchase meat and produce by the pound and inspections of the commercial scales, meters, and scanning equipment protects consumers and provides a fair marketplace for businesses.
Inspectors of the Division of Oil and Public Safety (OPS) at the Colorado 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 Colorado.

“Our inspectors verify the calibration of gas pumps and test motor fuel to ensure compliance with fuel quality standards,” said Mahesh Albuquerque, OPS Director. “Through our work consumers 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, look for leaks, and evaluate advertising practices and price computations. “We don’t favor the retailer or the consumer,” Albuquerque said. “Our inspectors ensure accuracy and equity in the marketplace.”
Consumers who have a complaint or question about a retail motor fuel purchase can call 303-866-4967 and request an inspection.

Weights and Measures Week has a particular significance for Colorado in 2016 since this year Denver has been selected as the host city for the one-hundred and first National Conference on Weights and Measures Annual Meeting, July 24-28. The National Conference on Weights and Measures is a nonprofit organization that helps states ensure that national standards keep pace with evolving technology and marketing practices. 
For more information on OPS’s Weights and Measures program,
Governor’s Hickenlooper’s Proclamation

For immediate release

Date: February 26, 2016
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