How Are Scales Certified in Calgary and All Over Canada?

If your business and livelihood rely on any form of weight and measure, then you want to ensure that the equipment you use to do that weighing and measuring is accurate otherwise you’re leaving profit on the table or setting yourself up for a major financial loss – neither of which are desirable. To ensure a scale is accurate it requires routine calibration or to be calibrated, the oversight of which is managed by Measurement Canada.

Measurement Canada’s overall objective is to promote fairness in the marketplace by creating a level and fair playing field on which everyone plays by the same rules. Some of the strategies used by Measurement Canada to create this equality include defining units of measurements; maintaining standards of measurement; the approval of trade devices; the making and administering of regulations that govern the installation, use, and performance of trade devices like scales; developing specifications for trade devices; and finally, conducting inspections on trade devices and commodities.

Certification Process for Scales and Weighing Equipment

According to Measurement Canada, the Weights and Measures Act (Section 8) states that “any (weighing) device for use in trade must have been approved for its class, type or design and have been inspected by an inspector who has certified that the device meets the requirements of this Act and the regulations. The inspector who inspects the device shall issue a Device Inspection Certificate to the owner or person in possession of the device, showing whether the device meets the requirements of this Act and the regulations, mark the device and attach seals, if any to prevent the making of adjustments to the device.”

This certification is required by Measurement Canada each time a scale is moved or installed. This includes requiring the scale owner to provide the following information to nearest Measurement Canada office within five days of the installation:

  • Name and address of the Contractor;
  • Make, model and serial number of the device(s);
  • Capacity of the device, and
  • Address and description of the place where the device is installed.

Alberta Transportation also specifies that before a scale is used the Contractor is to complete an accuracy test and inspection in the presence of the Consultant. Those results are to be provided to the Consultant who forwards a copy of the results to the Alberta Transportation Project Administrator.

Contact Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd.: A Measurement Canada Accredited Company
Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. is Measurement Canada Accredited, which enables us to be authorized scale inspectors; we are able to perform inspections and certify specified legal for trade devices on behalf of Measurement Canada under the Weights & Measures Act. For purchases, maintenance like calibration with the latest electronic testing equipment, or questions about your industrial and professional scales needs call us at 403-250-3232 today.
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