The weights, test measures and provers and all other equipment used to inspect and test weighing and measuring devices are referred to as "standards". This is because scales, motor fuel pumps, heating fuel meters along with any other weighing or measuring device used in a public transaction is required by law to be inspected for compliance to N.Y.S. Agriculture and Markets Laws and be calibrated to our equipment. All of our equipment is required to be inspected and calibrated to the New York State standards in Albany, NY. State Standards are calibrated to Federal standards in Washington DC.

Standard inspection and testing procedures have been established be NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology). Handbook 44 outlines specifications, tolerances and other technical requirements for weighing and measuring devices. Handbook 130 outlines motor fuel requirements, uniform packaging and labeling requirements, methods of sale and examination procedures for pricing accuracy. Handbook 133 outlines the inspection and testing procedures for packaged commodities.

The handbooks described above are adopted in to law through the Article 16 of the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Law and Parts 220, 221, 222, 223 and 224 from the New York State Code of Rules and Regulations. Specific requirements for our region are added in the Agriculture and Markets Laws.

Oneida County established a set of standards for Item Pricing and Scanner Accuracy in 1992. In 2000 the law was revised to accommodate the changed marketplace.

Scales and Weighing Devices

This department regularly inspects a variety of scales at a variety of establishments.  They include ultra sensitive prescription scales at pharmacies, computing scales at supermarkets, bakeries and delis, platform scales at meat processing plants and feed and fertilizer mills, and heavy duty vehicle scales at gravel beds, scrap yards and recycling centers.  In addition to these scales there are several types of scales that are designed for a specific use that we inspect.  Certified weights are applied to the scales to test the accuracy of the device.  There is about 1000 scales of various types in Oneida County that we inspect.