The North Dakota Public Service Commission is observing National Weights and Measures Week March 1-7 to commemorate John Adams signing the first United States weights and measures law on March 2, 1799. The goal is to educate people about the program which ensures weighing and measuring devices being used for commercial purposes are accurate.

Government weights and measures programs protect both the buyer and the seller from inaccurate devices. Inspectors use extremely accurate equipment to inspect scales, meters, scanning equipment and packaged products at supermarkets, discount and department stores, grain elevators, livestock sales rings and gasoline stations.

“North Dakota is committed to making sure commercial transactions are equitable transactions between business operators and consumers,” said Commissioner Randy Christmann, who holds the Weights and Measures portfolio for the Commission. “This is accomplished cooperatively between state inspectors and licensed private inspectors who work every day to protect consumers in North Dakota.”

North Dakota’s Weights and Measures program also monitors and tests private, commercial testers of measuring devices to assure their accuracy.

Weights and measures programs are in place to protect consumers and assure fair and equitable transactions between customers and businesses. When inspectors discover violations, they take enforcement actions against the operator of the measuring device which may include ordering that it not be used until it is fixed or possible penalties prescribed by law.