OFFICE OF WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
The activities associated with this program assure a level playing field within the petroleum industry of the Commonwealth. This quality assurance program protects the consumer from substandard products and protects the legitimate petroleum dealer from the adverse affects of competitors selling substandard products in order to gain a greater market share. Quality standards also address environmental aspects related to pollution reduction.
This law provides for the registration of retail petroleum products outlets. The purpose of this registration is to record the establishment of retail franchise outlets and protect that location from encroachment by the producer/refiner retail operations. This law assures that retail franchise operations are not required to compete against large petroleum producers. Without this protection the independent small business retail franchise outlet operator would be subjected to direct competition with major petroleum companies.
The Office of Weights and Measures is responsible for the inspection and testing of all commercially used weighing and measuring equipment including gasoline dispensers, grocery scales, scanners, vehicle scales, liquified petroleum gas (LPG) meters and vehicle tank meters. This activity involves technical support to the user in the form of advice given on the selection, installation and use of equipment. Our service is beneficial to the user clients by reducing the cost of purchasing equipment and assures that the proper equipment is matched to the application. This assistance is important to the client in reducing the cost of purchasing and maintaining weighing and measuring equipment. The Office of Weights and Measures investigates consumer complaints received related to alleged violations pertaining to weighing and measuring devices; to include questionable practices in the sales of commodities sold by weight or measure.
Other activities include the inspection and verification of packaged consumer products. This activity includes technical information and advice related to the proper labeling of packaged consumer goods as required by the Federal Fair Packaging and Labeling Act. Compliance to these standards is necessary to assure acceptance of commodities introduced to interstate trade.
Services of the Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) include the Weights and Measures Service Agency and Technician Permitting program. This program provides for the training of technicians as to the requirements of the Weights and Measures Law and the applicable requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 44.
Who needs to be licensed?
"Service Agency" means (i) a business or (ii) that portion of a government or political subdivision engaged in the adjustment, installation, placing in service, recommending for use, reconditioning, repairing, servicing, or selling of any weight or measure commercially used or employed (a) in establishing the size, quantity, extent, area, or measurement of quantities, things, products, or articles for distribution or consumption, purchased, offered, or submitted for sale, hire, award or (b) in computing any basic charge or payment for services rendered on the basis of something's weight or measure.
"Service technician" means any individual who for hire, award, commission, or any other payment of any kind, adjusts, installs, places in service, recommends for use, reconditions, repairs, services, or sells a commercial weight or measure.
Technician training classes are held 3 times a year. The seminar is mandatory for new technicians wishing to be licensed under the Virginia Service Agencies and Technicians Law and provides information regarding administrative duties of compliance as well as introduction to and explanations of the Law. There is a $100 fee for service agencies and a $25 fee for service technicians. For information on the next training class, please contact the OWM Southside/Tidewater Office at 757.562.6637.
This program provides for the licensing of individuals to certify the accuracy of weight tickets. This function is similar to the activities of the "Notary Public" in that the Weighmaster is required to attest to the accuracy of a commodity's weight, sign a document and affix a seal.
The Cotton Handlers Law. The law contains requirements for licensing, bonding, and record keeping for all cotton gins, cotton warehouses, and cotton merchants operating in Virginia. Additionally, cotton ginned in Virginia must be graded by the United States Department of Agriculture or a comparable authority. This inspection authority includes investigation of complaints, monitoring inventories of stored cotton, and auditing of sales records.
The Commission Merchants Law requires the licensing and bonding of businesses that market agricultural commodities for a commission, such as tobacco warehouses and livestock auction markets. This activity provides for the protection of the producer by limiting the commissions charged by the facility and assures that prompt payment is made to the producer.
The Office of Weights and Measures (OWM) serves as the custodian of the State standards for mass, volume, length and temperature. These services are provided to both government and industry clients, for both regulatory and quality control processes. OWM’s Metrology Laboratory is the only local source available to these clients for traceability to national standards. This service is beneficial to our clients who would, otherwise, not have reasonable access to metrological calibrations. OWM’s Metrology Laboratory is accredited by the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program. This accreditation shows direct traceability of Virginia's laboratory to national standards.
For information on the Metrology Lab Testing Fees, please contact William Loving at 804.786.0479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.