269 measuring devices seized last year
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Inspectors verifying scales
Inspectors verifying scales

THE Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS) last year, conducted some 1217 surveillance inspections which resulted in 269 devices being seized and removed because they were either inaccurate, unverified or in a deplorable condition.
According to the bureau, 2020 saw a significant decline in inspections, which are done to ensure that devices in use at shops and markets countrywide are stamped and in acceptable condition.
Last year, the GNBS verified a total of 29,675 new devices, which included 638 scales, 1,473 masses and 27,554 electricity meters for the Guyana Power and light Company (GPL).
According to GNBS Public Relations Officer (PRO), Lloyd David, the bureau achieved major successes in 2020 as many of its targets set at the beginning of the year were met, notwithstanding setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Laboratory technicians conducting volumetric calibration

Significant efforts, David said, were made under the Legal Metrology Programme to verify weighing and measuring devices used in commerce to protect consumers and ensure equity in trade.
In addition, he said under its Industrial Metrology Programme, the GNBS continued to provide calibration services to a wide range of stakeholders during the year.
Further, he noted that devices already in use at shops, markets, and other locations such as supermarkets, manufacturing companies, rice mills, hospitals, airlines, post offices, a total 5009 scales, 9977 masses, 140 weighbridge scales, 202 electricity meters, and 59 moisture meters were verified.
For volumetric measurements, the GNBS verified 1722 petrol pumps, 270 bulk meters, 30 storage tanks and 114 fuel tanker wagons.

Inspector verifying Petrol Pumps

These devices were verified for Rubis, GuyOil, Sol Guyana and other private companies countrywide to ensure measurement accuracy and conformance to safety requirements.
Overall, the GNBS noted that there was a notable decline in the verification of devices already in use during 2020 when compared with 2019.
This could be attributed to necessary precautionary measures taken by the GNBS during the pandemic.
Notably, in 2020, David noted that the GNBS conducted a series of measurements training for the Guyana Police Force (GPF), which focused on the verification and use of breathalysers, speed guns and the use in the international system of units.

For Legal Metrology, he said in 2020, the GNBS worked to ensure it fulfilled its measurement role in the Oil and Gas Sector.
Throughout the year, inspectors were fully involved in monitoring the verification of custody transfer meters on the Floating Production Storage Offloading vessel, offshore.
For Industrial Metrology, he said the GNBS continued to provide vital calibration services as industries increased the use and demand for traceable and reliable measurements in Guyana.
Measuring instruments were calibrated in the areas of mass, dimension, volume, pressure, and temperature. This resulted in the calibrations of 1679 measuring instruments during 2020.
The GNBS is looking to expand its services to stakeholders in both Legal Metrology and Industrial Metrology.
For 2021, the GNBS has procured a fitted Mobile Unit, which will be visiting strategic locations across the country to conduct the mobile verification of devices used at markets and other business outlets. In addition, the bureau is actively looking to employ inspectors within other outlying regions to ensure access to its services. Lastly, there will be expansion of calibration services in the areas of volume, temperature, pressure, and torque, which are heavily demanded by industry.

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