A Quick Summary of Commercial Scale Regulations in Alberta, Canada
If you sell products by weight, you know that you must follow all regulations created by the Measurement Canada Weights and Measures Act.
When you fail to follow these regulations, you could face fines, business closures, and ruin your company’s reputation. Worse, when you are not properly measuring your products, you could be affecting your potential business income; therefore, knowing the regulations and staying on top of your scales is the best way to protect your business overall.
Commercial Scale Regulations for Alberta Scales
When you own a business that sells measured goods, you are required to adhere to specific guidelines and regulations. These responsibilities include:
Required Inspections – In 2014, the Act went through some changes that now require owners to have all scales and pumps inspected by a Measurement Canada authorized service provider, like Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. Inspections are mandatory if you sell within dairy, gas or oil, fishing, forestry, grain and field crops, mining, and some retail sectors.
Device Approval– You must have a device approval so that you can prove your device complies with the applicable requirements for your industry. If you have an existing approval, you may need to update it with the revision to an existing approval form. Also, you may need a modification acceptance if you use any accessories on your device.
Calibration Standards – When you have a scale calibrated or serviced, the authorized provider must calibrate in accordance with the Measurement Canada requirements. These standards are what you use to register your device with Measurement Canada.
Accuracy– You are responsible for ensuring that your devices are accurate. Even after it has been approved and inspected, you must continue to service your scales, calibrate, and monitor accuracy. Measurement Canada will investigate any complaints from customers who feel that they received inaccurate measurements, and you could face harsh fines if your device is found to be inaccurate.
Protected and Installed – You must install your device properly, but also protect it from any environmental interferences. If your device is exposed to the elements, it will affect the accuracy; thus, putting your business at risk.
Purchase, Install and Maintain Your Scales
You are required to use an approved service provider for Measurement Canada. Luckily, the team at Accurate/Western Scale Co. Ltd. is accredited and can sell, install, calibrate, and repair your Alberta scales efficiently.
We have a team of professionals who have received proper recognition to inspect and certify scales in Alberta. Our team is audited regularly and we continue to meet all regulations set by the government.
Our technicians have more than 40 years of combined experience and we offer pre-scheduled maintenance contracts so that your equipment is always in accordance with regulations.
Contact our certified technicians today at 403-250-3232 to find out more about our inspection, certifications, and calibration services. You may also request a quote for your calibration or approval appointment by filling out our contact form.