Weights and measures
We estimate that every week in the UK over a billion pounds of goods are weighed and measured at retail level alone.
We undertake a variety of weights and measures work, including:
Testing of petrol pumps, oil deliveries and shop scales
Advising traders on quantity control procedures in factories
Checking for misleading packaging sizes
Investigating complaints of short measure
Checking the weights of packaged goods
If you think you have received short measure, contact Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 08454 04 05 06.
Find your nearest public weighbridge (pdf, 18kb) (opens in a new window) if you need to weigh a vehicle.
Verification, calibration and hire service
Most weighing and measuring equipment used by businesses must by law be approved before use. We offer this service to local businesses. If you would like an item of equipment verified contact us on our business advice line.
Calibration and hire service
We can help businesses improve the quality of their own products or services by providing customers with a traceable calibration service for weights and measures.
Our calibration service can provide:
Calibration of weights from 1mg to 20kg
Calibration of measures of length
Calibration of volume measures UKAS website (opens in a new window)
Certificate of accuracy for weighing machines
A calibration certificate which is traceable to national standards
A 10 working day calibration turnaround time
Calibration history i.e. 'before and after' results if requested
A choice of service levels to match your requirements
Our hire service can provide:
- 1 tonne of calibrated 20kg weights, traceable to national standards
For further information please get in contact via the trading standards advice page.
We are not a UKAS accredited laboratory. If you would like further information please view the UKAS website (opens in a new window) .