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Chairman ’ s Column Brett Gurney, NCWM Chairman — State of Utah
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measurement processes, equipment, products and services are developed, a fair and equitable marketplace continues to be an important system between buyers and sellers. Just as in times of old, standards in weighing and measurement are needed. Weights and Measures must be considered as new technology is developed. Stakeholders from all parties must be proactive and are needed during the standards development process. WeightsandMeasuresagenciesneed the support from those who make important decisions about the jurisdictions to be successful. Resources are needed to ensure Weights and Measures are fair and equitable in the marketplace. Inspectors, equipment, administrative staff, experience and knowledge are but a few of the elements needed for a successful jurisdiction. There are many rewarding and beneficial reasons for participating in the NCWM, including: • Assisting with the development of national standards • Networking with peers and business associates • Staying current on important related issues and trends • Meeting and communicating with stakeholders to obtain and maintain stakeholder relationships • Professional growth Continued on page 2
Weights and Measures Week!....2
PD Committee Interim Summary.........................3 NTEP Column: “VCAP Update”...........................4 2019 Interim Meeting Highlights!. ....................6
Dear NCWM Members,
Today, every citizen and business continues to depend on Weights and Measures. Every day weights and measurements are taken during business transactions. Many people don’t think about the accuracy of the measurement which is taken during the transaction. For centuries, weights and measurements have been an integral part of society. Those of us who work in the Weights and Measures field know that small weighing and measuring errors can accumulate to millions of dollars. Others may not realize the importance of the measurement itself. The theme I selected for this year is “Valued Traditions & New Innovations - Confidence in Every Transaction”. The focus of Weights and Measures is to assure consumers get what they paid for and that businesses get paid for goods and services they sell. Weights and measures will need to continue to develop and improve standards to foster fair competition and assure that a fair marketplace is in place for all parties. New technology is becoming available to us on a more frequent basis. As new
NCWM Annual Meeting...............8
NCWM Welcomes New Members.............................9 S&T Committee Interim Summary.......................12
Safety Article: “Check It Out!”....18
L&R Committee Interim Summary.......................20 New Slate of Officers Nominated...................21
Explosion Hazard Warning ......23
NCWM Headquarters 1135 M Street, Suite 110 Lincoln, Nebraska 68508 P. 402.434.4880 F. 402.434.4878 E. firstname.lastname@example.org W. www.ncwm.net Don Onwiler Executive Director Jim Truex NTEP Administrator Darrell Flocken NTEP Specialist Elisa Stritt Office Manager Tyler Reeder Project Coordinator
Task Group. We heard reports from the each of the focus groups on scale suitability, method of sale, packaging and labeling, inspector safety, and moisture loss of pre- packaged products. I want to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who make NCWM a success. I appreciate all the hard work of our committees, subcommittees, task groups, focus groups, sectors, and Board of Directors! We have a diverse membership. Representation includes individuals from business and government organizations whohaveavested interest increating thebestmeasurement standards that will allow for the need of valued traditions and new innovations that will allow confidence in every transaction. Let’s continue to work together in developing national standards and making our process better. I hope to see you all at an upcoming meeting at CWMA and NEWMA or at the NCWM Annual Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin this July.
• Attending training and seminars • Attending Open Hearings • Attending Technical Sessions
• Give and listen to testimony on important issues • Listen to ideas and find solutions for improvement • Share knowledge and experience • Expand your knowledge by taking advantage of the viewpoints and prior experience of others • Take advantage of the experiences of others before you invest time and money can be invaluable • Improve morale and gain confidence • Associate with people who can be a great resource for future issues • Taking what you learn back to your own jurisdiction The NCWM Interim Meeting was recently held January 13 - 16, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina and was a success. Once again, important topics were discussed and the process of developing national standards continued.
We also had a great technical session from our Cannabis
Weights and Measures Week, March 1 - 7! Each year, the first 7 days of March are dedicated to celebrating the world of weights and weasures. These dates are designated to commemorate President John Adam’s signing of the first United States weights and measures law on March 2 nd , 1799.
NCWM Chairman Brett Gurney declared the theme, “Valued Traditions and New Innovations – Confidence in Every Transaction”. He explained that weights and measures officials are constantly challenged tomaintain their traditional activities while also addressing fast- changing innovations in the marketplace. They are to be congratulated for meeting this challenge of instilling confidence in every transaction. NCWM will be posting daily on social media during Weights and Measures Week. You are encouraged to share with NCWM, and others, what you are doing to celebrate. Be sure to mark your calendars!
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Professional Development Committee Interim Summary By Gene Robertson, PD Committee Chair, Mississippi
The 2019 Professional Development Committee Interim Agenda consisted of 5 informational Items. Here is a summary of comments received by the PDC during open hearings and committee direction: EDU-1 Professional Certification Program The PDC has taken the feedback from the NCWM Board of Directors (BOD) regarding the post-exam survey into account and updated the survey accordingly. In January, the BOD provided a few additional comments. The committee integrated the requested changes and has submitted a final version to NCWM. Hard copies of valid reference materials can be used and NCWM has authorized digital versions to become available. The digital version of NIST Handbook 44 used for examination supporting documents will be searchable. Hardcopies of the reference tables will continue to be provided to those sitting for the LPG exam. Brett Gurney thanked Ross Andersen for his hard work as Certification Coordinator. Gurney welcomed and thanked Jerry Buendel for taking on the role moving forward. EDU-2 Training The committee was requested to review and potentially update/reintroduce the old NIST OWM training modules. The committee is unsure whether these modules are still available in digital format, but will investigate. Ross Andersen (NY, retired) noted that NIST has extensive training materials we could leverage; requesting these materials from NIST may be beneficial. The state of Kansas mentioned their upcoming training plans which will cover both VTM and load rack training and will be held for 5 days starting June 10.
Combined Regional Measurement Assurance Program (C-RMAP) Tutorial 1-4 | May 31 - June 2, 2019 Combined Regional Measurement Assurance Program (C-RMAP) | June 2 - 6, 2019 Three states recommended NCWM and NIST OWM consider joint development of training videos and investigate funding from additional sources such as grants. EDU-3 Instructor Improvement Since NIST was absent, no update was available and no comments were heard. EDU-4 Topics for Conference Training Suggestions from the floor: • Investigative reporting • D.E.F. Testing requirements, special considerations (handling, safety, equipment) • Differentiation between weight classifier and normal rounding scales • Organizing/publishing existing training materials PMT-1 Safety Awareness Julie Quinn (Safety Liaison) stated the Safety Awareness Subcommittee has completed their initial task of developing the Safety Toolkit on the NCWM web site and are looking for suggestions on future projects. There are OSHA grants available for non-profits to assist in building safety programs. A suggestion was made to create a template to assist jurisdictions in documenting the essential elements of their safety programs. This could include requirements for specific test procedures, etc. and when completed by the jurisdiction provide documentation for OSHA, etc. as evidence of a functional program.
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NTEP Column Verified Conformity Assessment
• 5 new CC holding companies were added to VCAP for this category of device types since the original 56 companies reported on last year; bringing the total number of manufacturers requiring VCAP audits to 61 - 57 are manufacturers - 4 are private labelers • As of July 2017, 63 new or amended CC’s were issued • As of January 2019, no CC’s were made inactive The remaining device types and their introduction dates into the program are: Automatic Weighing Instruments • December 31, 2018 for manufacturers
Program (VCAP) Update Darrell Flocken, NTEP Specialist
It has been over a year since our last update of the Verified Conformity Assessment Program (VCAP). I am happy to report the program, now in its 10 th year, has made significant progress towards its goal of ensuring weighing device and component performance conforms to the required specifications and tolerances when subjected to external influence factors. I use the word “significant” as there are still categories of weighing instruments that are just now, or will soon be, reaching their introduction date into the program. To learn more about the introduction and compliance dates for the remining instruments, please visit www.ncwm.net/ntep/conformity/vcap. Below are statics related to weighing devices or elements since the last update: Load Cells: • 29 new or amended CC’s were issued since July 1, 2017. Of these 29, 3 CC’s were issued to 2 new manufacturers. Manufacturers had until November 2018 to become VCAP compliant • Since July 2017, no CC’s were made inactive due to VCAP non-compliance Weighing/Load Receiving Elements ≤ 2000 lb capacity with non-NTEP certified load cells: • 13 new or amended CC’s, within this VCAP device category, were issued since July 1, 2017. Of these 13, one CC was issued to a new manufacturer. The manufacturer has until February 2019 to become VCAP compliant • Since July 2017, no CC’s were made inactive due to VCAP non-compliance Indicating Elements: • 18 new or amended CC’s were issued since July 1, 2017. Of these 18, 2 CC’s were issued to 2 new manufacturers. The manufacturers have until March and August 2019, respectively, to become VCAP compliant • Since July 2017, no CC’s were made inactive due to VCAP non-compliance Complete Scales: This device category had a compliance deadline of June 30, 2018 for manufacturers and December 31, 2018 for private label CC holders
• June 30, 2019 for private labelers Automatic Bulk Weighing Systems • June 30, 2019 for manufacturers • December 31, 2019 for private labelers Belt-Conveyor Scale Systems • December 31, 2019 for manufacturers • June 30, 2020 for private labelers
Per the NCWM Publication 14: Administrative Policy , if a company holds an NTEP Certificate of Conformance for one or more of these latest instrument types, a VCAP program must be implemented at that company’s facility. The VCAP program has seen improvements since its introduction. One of these improvements was the expansion of the availability of VCAP auditors. The VCAP Policy was expanded to include Certification Bodies that are organizations listed as signatories of the ANAB and ILAC Mutual Recognition agreement, and NCWM technical employees. This change expands the number of VCAP auditors on both the national and international level. Another important change was the exemption of all device types with a weighing capacity of greater than 2000 lb (1000 kg). This capacity was selected per the NTEP Technical Policy stating that devices with capacities of up and including 2000 lb (1000 kg) must be evaluated to the influence factors defined in NIST Handbook 44 . As always, improvement is a continuous process and your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions are welcomed by NCWM and NTEP for improving the Verified Conformity Assessment Program. If you have any questions regarding this program or would like to discuss the information presented in this article, in more detail, contact the NTEP Specialist, Darrell Flocken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2019 NCWM Interim Meeting Highlights! January 13 - 16 | Charleston, SC
One of the many great dishes we had at the Chairman’s Reception honoring Brett Gurney (UT)
First up were the fresh-cooked crab cakes.
Measurment Canada folks (from left): Carl Cotton, Lance Robertson, and Luciano Burtini
Chicken and Waffles, a local favorite!
Paul Lewis and his wife Mary are retired from Rice Lake Weighing Systems and now reside in South Carolina
The beef tenderloin station was a major hit!
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Laws and Regulations Committee Chair Michelle Wilson (AZ)
Specifications and Tolerances Committee Chair Shelly Miller (WI)
Professional Development Committee Chair Gene Robertson (MS)
Above: Hal Prince (FL) was nominated to be the NCWM Chair- Elect and Left: NCWM Chairman Brett Gurney (UT) led the Board of Directors Open Hearings.
The Technical Session on the Cannabis Task Group approached industry topics such as scale suitability, method of sale, and inspector safety. From left: Charlie Rutherford, Mauricio Mejia, Josh Nelson and Julie Quinn.
We had great attendence in Charleston. Thank you to all our attendees.
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2019 March NTEP Lab Meeting Tulsa, Oklahoma March 26 - 28 May CWMA Annual Meeting Canton, Ohio May 6 - 9
104 th NCWM Annual Meeting July 14 - 18 | Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Annual Meeting is the high point of our year where all the hard work pays off. At this meeting, stakeholders will debate important proposals to amend the United States standards for weights and measures. When the debating is done, the votes will be cast. Our committees have their work cut out for them with some very full and diverse agendas. Committee agendas are available at www.ncwm.net/meetings/annual/publication-16.
NEWMA Annual Meeting Portland, Maine May 12 - 16 July 104 th NCWM Annual Meeting Milwaukee, Wisconsin July 14 - 18 August NTEP Grain Analyzer Meeting Kansas City, Missouri August 13
MEETING LOCATION Hyatt Regency Milwaukee 333 W Kilbourn Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53203 P. (888) 421-1442 Group Rate: $ 119.00*
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NTEP Weighing Meeting Denver, Colorado August 20 - 21 September WWMA Annual Meeting Park City, Utah September 8 - 12
The Chairman’s Reception will honor Brett Gurney from the State of Utah. The reception will be Sunday, July 14 th at 5:30 p.m. Dress is business casual. The Special Event will be held Wednesday, July 17 th at the Wisconsin Public Museum! Attendees will be picked up at 5:50 p.m. in front of the hotel. We will have access to a number of exhibits from 6:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. Busses will begin return trips to the hotel at 8:00 p.m. At the museum, you can explore the Dome Theater and Planetarium, a two-story rainforest, and the historical Streets of Milwaukee and much more! We will have non-traditional dining stations available so you can enjoy dinner and explore the exhibits at your leisure. Attire is casual . Be sure to submit your registration form by June 21 to secure discounted rates!
NTEP Measuring/Software Meeting Denver, Colorado September 24 - 26 October
SWMA Annual Meeting Knoxville, Tennessee October 6 - 9
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NCWM Welcomes New Members (8/15/18 - 1/23/2019)
Abel Manufacturing Gary Theabo American Food & Vending Jamie Condon American Herbal Products Association Jane Wilson American Weigh Scales, Inc. Jon Putman Americas for Safe Access Heather Despres Arizona Dept. of Agriculture Luis Romero Vince Wolpert Arkansas Bureau of Standards Christian Olson Badger Meter Inc. Dennis Schwartz Boveda Brian Rice Brechbuhler Scales, Inc. Steve Trueman Brockton Weights and Measures (MA) Corey Quinlan Burlington Country Weights and Measures Kaitlyn Schatz Kyle Siemietkoski Cambridge Scale Works, Inc. Larry Buckwalter Shannon Bell Cory Gandara Ray Garcia Adrian Lopez Karla Moreno Herman Peralta Chad Pilie Evan Pope
CAS Corporation Eun-Kyoung Eo Tom McNally City of Milwaukee, WI Robert Kieser Cleveland Weights and Measures Alexander Jovanovic Rginald McKay Commodity Vend Corp, LLC Terrence Smith Cubiscan Robert Iverson Deleware Dept. of Agriculture Epos Now Julian Buck Eric County Weights and Measures Paula Trimper Erie Technical Systems, Inc. Scott Kennemuth Genesee County David Diegelman Gerhart Systems & Controls Peter Fienemann GSI Group / Intersystems Robert Brennan Daniel Huffman ECRS Brian Duncan
Kansas Dept. of Agriculture Daniel White Louisiana Dept. of Agriculture and Forestry Brannon Andrus Steven Coco
NIST, Office of Weights and Measures Val Miller Ohio Dept. of Agriculture J. Tucker Farthing Orange County Weights and Measures
Sarah Dark Laura Oliver Maryland Dept. of
Randy Brock John O’Reilly Yanta Shervington Gerald Zazzero P.D. McLaren Limited Carol Okabe Petco Animal Supplies Stores Inc. Greg Hartnett Piper Systems Ltd. Archie Hamilton PopScrap.com Inc. Stacy Duty Precision Digital Corp. Debbie Frechette
Agriculture Wayne Early Jeannette George Material Handling Systems Amy Woolums Merced County Weights and Measures Gabriel Radich Mettler-Toledo LLC Robert Riddle Mississippi Dept. of Agriculture and Commerce Henri Fuselier Missouri Dept. of Agriculture Gabriel Putz Tanner Reid Steven Underwood Monroe County Weights and Measures Frederick Armes Theodore Dyment Peter Monsees Multivac Ryan Spencer Murphy Oil USA, Inc. Roland Bradfute Murray Equipment, Inc./ Total Control Systems John Hathaway Dan Murray Napa County Ag. Commisioner’s Office Tracy Cleveland
Robertsons Todd Dragna San Bernardino County Ag./ Weights and Measures Paul Sharpe San Diego County Dept. of Agriculture Ian Hudson Scale Systems, Inc. Donna O’Tyson Scalemart Div. of Carstan
Clint Richter Hoffer Flow Vito Kepka Idaho Weights and Measures Terry Sheets Junge Control, Inc. Mark Stauffer
AccuData Scale Martin McDonnell Siemens AG Dirk Hoffmeier Signify Ernesto Mendoza
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NCWM Welcomes New Members (cont.)
Somerset County Weights and Measures Jeremy Eckles St. Lawrence County Adam Simmons Sullivan County Weights and Measures Robert Hessinger Tennessee Dept. of Agriculture Amos Farrell Charles Hammock Texas Dept. of Agriculture Krishaun Adair Ray Agan
Virginia Dept. of Motor Vehicles Wayne Davis
Brandi Chandler Lisa Corn Juan Cortez Bryant Dosewell
Janice Teas Stephanie Theriot Scott Thomas Charles Timmons John Travis Kevin Weyland Matthew Williams Nathan Wilson Larry York
Wal-Mart Lee White Washington State Dept. of Agriculture Megan Welch Wisconsin Dept. of Ag. and Consumer Protection Sean Brown
John Eads Ann Elliott Gregory Fryer Brianna Galvan Sergio Garza Jan Hatler Deltora Hewitt Paul Hopper Billy Hord Brandon Hubbard Daniel Jackson Candace Jackson Colton Jamison Jesus Lozoya Julian Lyons Samuel Marinelarena Juan Monreal Dandria Monroe Timothy Morales Marcus Murphy Elizabeth Nguyen Iyke Nwanji
Nathaniel Ziegler Anthony Zimmer The Scale People Travis Motz The Site Controller LLC Michael Downs Town of Farmingham James Meo TTCI Carmen Trevizo Tulare County Dept. of Agriculture Samuel Conant Union County Auditor’s Office Kendall Sullivan USDA AMS Dairy Program Steven Hoover
Benjamin Clark Ronald DePouw
Terri Garsow Daniel Lindert Lance Smithey Yamato Scale Co., Ltd. Tetsuya Koyama
Kia Alexander Kamika Allen Michael Archer Orlando Arguelles Jerriel Bazile Richard Becker Amanda Blackwell Richard Bolton Jeffrey Brixey Ross Bulls Daria Burton Shelby Caballero Nicholas Cart Steve Cavitt
Kristen Peters Jessica Pope Lisa Pruitt
Charles Rigsbee Jonathan Rogers Lindsay Sachitano Paul Staples
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Specifications and Tolerances Committee Interim Summary By Rachelle Miller, S&T Committee Chair, Wisconsin
The 2019 Specifications and Tolerances Committee Interim Agenda consisted of 76 items this year (with some grouped into 5 Block Items). Presentations and written comments provided to the Committee are available www.ncwm.net. Oral comments for these agenda items were heard during the open hearing session at the Interim Meeting and all of the aforementioned were considered by the Committee when assigning the following status for each item as follows: VOTING ITEMS Scales Code SCL-1 S.1.1.1. Digital Indicating Elements. and UR.2.10 Primary Indicating Elements Provided by the User SCL-7 T.N.3.6. Coupled-In-Motion Railroad Weighing Systems., T.N.4.6. Time Dependence (Creep) for Load Cells during Type Evaluation., UR.5. Coupled in-Motion Railroad Weighing Systems. and Appendix D – Definitions: point-based railroad weighing systems Belt Conveyor Scale Systems Code BCS-1 S.1.3. Value of the Scale Division., S.1.9. Zero-Ready
B3: TIM-1 B3: GMA-1 B3: MDM-1
S.4. Provision for Sealing S.2.5. Provision for Sealing
S.1.11. Provision for Sealing BLOCK 4 Items (B4) – Automatic Timeout Specifications B4: MFM-3 S.2.9. Automatic Timeout – Pay-At-Retail Motor-Fuel Devices B4: HGM-4 S.2.8. Automatic Timeout – Pay-At-Vehicle Fuel Dispenser B4: EVF-2 S.2.8. Automatic Timeout – Pay-At-EVSE BLOCK 5 Items (B5) – Repeatability Tests and Tolerances B5: LMD-2 N.4.1.2. N.4.6. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability B5: VTM-3 N.4.1.2. N.4.6. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability B5: LPG-4 N.4.1.2. N.4.6. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability B5: HGV-2 N.4.1.2. N.4.3. Repeatability Tests. and T.2. Repeatability B5: CLM-3 N.5.1.1. N.5.3. Repeatability Tests. and T.4. Repeatability B5: MLK-2 N.4.1.1. N.4.4. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability B5: WTR-2 N.4.1.1. N.4.4 Repeatability Tests B5: MFM-6 N.6.1.1. N.6.3. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability B5: CDL-4 N.4.1.1. N.4.5. Repeatability Tests. and T.2.1. Repeatability B5: HGM-5 N.6.1.1. N.6.2. Repeatability Tests. and T.3. Repeatability Liquid Measuring Devices Code LMD-3 A.1. General., S.2.5. Zero-Set-Back Interlock, for Retail Motor Fuel Devices., S.4. Marking LMD-5 UR.3.4. Printed Ticket Vehicle Tank Meters Code VTM-1 S.3.1.1. Means for Clearing the Discharge Hose and UR.2.6. Clearing the Discharge Hose LPG/Anhydrous Ammonia Liquid Measuring Devices Code LPG-2 S.2.5. Zero-Set-Back Interlock, Stationary and Vehicle Mounted Meters, Electronic Requirements., S.5. Zero-Set-Back Interlock, for Retail Motor Fuel Devices., UR.2.4. Diversion of Liquid Flow. and UR.2.5. Product Storage Identification
Indicator., S.4. Accuracy Class., S.4.5. Marking Requirements., N.1. General., N.2. Conditions of Test., T.1. Tolerance Values., T.2. Tolerance Values. and UR.3. Maintenance Requirements – Scale and Conveyor Maintenance
Automatic Weighing Systems Code AWS-3 S.3.2. Load Cell Verification Interval Value BLOCK 3 Items (B3) – Address Devices and Systems Adjusted Using a Removable Digital Storage Device B3: GEN-2 G-S.8.2. Devices and Systems Adjusted Using Removable Digital Device Storage
B3: SCL-5 B3: BCS-1 B3: ABW-2 B3: AWS-2 B3: LMD-1 B3: VTM-2 B3: LPG-1 B3: HGV-1 B3: CLM-2 B3: MLK-1 B3: WTR-1
S.1.11. Provision for Sealing S.5. Provision for Sealing
S.1.6. Provision for Sealing Adjustable Components on Electronic Devices
S.1.3. Provision for Sealing S.2.2. Provision for Sealing S.2.2. Provision for Sealing S.2.2. Provision for Sealing S.2.2. Provision for Sealing S.2.5. Provision for Sealing S.2.3. Provision for Sealing
S.2.1. Provision for Sealing B3: MFM-1 S.3.5. Provision for Sealing B3: CDL-3 S.2.5. Provision for Sealing B3: HGM-3 S.3.3. Provision for Sealing B3: EVF-1 S.3.3. Provision for Sealing
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Mass Flow Meters Code MFM-2 S.1.3.3. Maximum Value of Quantity-Value divisions MFM-4 S.5.1. Location of Marking Information; Retail Motor Fuel Dispensers Hydrogen Gas-Measuring Devices - Tentative Code HGM-6 Tentative Code Status and Preable., A.2.(c) Exceptions., N.2. Test Medium., N.3. Test Drafts., N.4.1. Master Meter (Transfer) Standard Test., N.4.2. Gravimetric Tests., N.4.3. PVT Pressure Volume Temperature Test., N.6.1.1. repeatability Tests., T.3. Repeatability., T.6. Tolerance – Minimum Measured Quantity (MMQ). and Appendix D. Definitions where applicable Electronic Vehicle Fueling Systems Tentative Code EVF-4 Appendix D – Definitions: power factor (PF) Taximeters Code TXI-1 N.1.3.2. Taximeters Using Other Measurement Data Sources Grain Moisture Meters 5.56 (A) Code GMA-2 Table S.2.5. Categories of Devices and Methods of Sealing Other Items OTH-5 Appendix D – Definitions: Batch (Batching) INFORMATIONAL ITEMS General Code GEN-1 G-A.1. Commercial and Law-Enforcement Equipment and G-S.2. Facilitation of Fraud ASSIGNED ITEMS General Code GEN-3 G-T.5. Tolerances on Tests When Transfer Standards are Used., Appendix D – Definitions: standards, field., transfer standard and standard, transfer (Assigned along with Block 1, Block 2, LPG-3, and MFM-5) Scales Code SCL-2 S.1.8.5. Recorded Representations, Point of Sale Systems SCL-3 Sections Throughout the Code to Include Provisions for Commercial Weigh-in-Motion Vehicle Scale Systems
BLOCK 1 Items (B1) – Terminology for Testing Standards (Assigned along with GEN-3, Block 2, LPG-3, and MFM-5) B1: SCL-4 N.2. Verification (Testing) Standards B1: ABW-1 N.2. Verification (Testing) Standards B1: AWS-1 N.1.3. Verification (Testing) Standards, N.3.1. Official Tests, UR.4. Testing Standards B1: CLM-1 N.3.2. Transfer Standard Test and T.3. On Tests Using Transfer Standards B1: CDL-1 N.3.2. Transfer Standard Test and T.3. On Tests Using Transfer Standards B1: HGM-1 N.4.1. Master Meter (Transfer) Standard Test, T.4. Tolerance Application on Test Using transfer Standard Test Method
5.56(a): N.1.1. Air Oven Reference Method Transfer Standards, N.1.3. Meter to Like-Type Meter Method Transfer Standards and 5.56(b): N.1.1. Transfer Standards, T. Tolerances1 Appendix A: Fundamental Considerations, 3.2. Tolerances for Standards, 3.3. Accuracy of Standards Appendix D – Definitions: fifth-wheel, official grain samples, transfer standard and Standard, Field N.2. Testing Standards
B1: LVS-1 B1: OTH-1
BLOCK 2 Items (B2) – Define “Field Reference Standard” (Assigned along with GEN-3, Block 1, LPG-3, and MFM-5) B2: CLM-2 N.3.2. Transfer Standard Test and T.3. On Tests Using Transfer Standards B2: CDL-2 N.3.2. Transfer Standard Test and T.3. On Tests Using Transfer Standards B2: HGM-2 N.4.1. Master Meter (Transfer) Standard Test and T.4. Tolerance Application on Test Using Transfer Standard Test Method LPG/Anhydrous Ammonia Liquid-Measuring Devices Code LPG-3 N.3. Test Drafts (Assigned along with GEN-3, Block 1, Block 2 and MFM-5) Mass Flow Meters Code MFM-5 N.3. Test Drafts (Assigned along with GEN-3, Block 1, Block 2, and LPG-3) DEVELOPING ITEMS Scales Code SCL-6 UR.3.11. Class II Scales Automatic Bulk Weighing Systems Code ABW-3 A. Application, S. Specifications, N. Notes, UR. User Requirements and Appendix D – Definitions: automatic bulk weighing system Continued on page 16 B2: OTH-3 Appendix D – Definitions: field reference standard meter and transfer standard
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S&T Committee Interim Summary (cont.) DEVELOPING ITEMS Weigh-in-Motion Systems Used for Vehicle Enforcement Screening - Tentative Code WIM-1 Title of Tentative Code, S.1.7.1. Values to be
Transportation Network Systems - Tentative Code TNS-1 A.4. Type Evaluation Other Items OTH-4 Electric Watthour Meters Code under Development WITHDRAWN ITEMS Liquid Measuring Devices Code LMD-4 Airport Refueling Systems – Agreement of Indications and Reset to Zero Multiple Dimension Measuring Devices Code MDM-2 S.1.7. Minimum Measurement
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Safety Column Check It Out! Elizabeth Koncki, Maryland Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
the training or on the JSA.) It may be a literal checklist, a mnemonic phrase, a pictogram, or a part of the official report form. With modern phones and tablets, the checklist can be paper or digital. A list should be as long as needed. It may be created by the employee or the employer in conjunction or apart. Formal acknowledgement of the list would be best as then the list has some flesh, not just an idea. Check It Off! Now, let’s look at some examples of safety checklists. First, a list created from NIST HB 112 EPO 1. (Note that I am pulling from other professionals work. Thank you, NIST OWM.) I made this list by reading and extracting the heavily outlined safety blurbs written into the EPO. The EPO cautions that each inspection and safety program may have more specific safety concerns. Does it help you bring the safety considerations of testing a small scale into your mind? Let’s see. NIST HB 112 EPO 1 – Retail Computing Scales • Site safety hazards – Look/Ask
Director Julie Quinn, Minnesota Department of Commerce, has reported on the topic of checklists for “Using Inspection Checklists to Improve Hoist Safety” in 2010. This article will take this idea of checklists from a single use to a common use tool for any inspection task to improve work and reduce missteps, thereby facilitating a safer work environment. As safety starts first before any task, the focus of this article will be on lists to help before a job is started and slanted to help make the job safe for the worker. Safety gurus believe a pre-start checklist can accomplish good habits, good safety, good health. Safety caretakers should always make sure their programs have a complete safety program with all the parts such as JSA, Right To Know, training and audit. But an effective way to get people thinking about safety is to insert it into the everyday task. One way is to create a checklist, which can be based on the job safety analysis (JSA) or exam procedure outline (EPO). Then the checklist can be used further as a quick guide to frame other means of adding safety to the job, like refresher training, tailgate talks, poster and one sheet handouts. A complaint I have heard about JSAs are that so much info is presented that to refer to it at each step could take more time than allowed for the job. To lessen the pressure, consider a checklist as a tool to facilitate getting that JSA knowledge to the forefront of the employee’s thoughts as he/she is about to start a job. The pre-start checklist is the tool you use when you are about to do a process. I am not saying to shorten the EPO, skip steps or don’t train. I mean at the beginning of a task, say a device inspection, the first step is: get your checklist. Should you use checklists? An example everyone knows of is the aviation pilot running through his required pre-flight checklist. It is a proven method. If it works very well for trained professional competent people in a well organized industry, how can I say that I will have no benefit from a checklist? I think it is worth consideration. What Checklist? Everyone knows a list such as milk, bread, eggs. A check list to start a job is a bit more. To be helpful, try stating the items you carry, items you use, items you wear, items to look for in that one job situation. It should state the basic word or phrase (not a long explanation – that comes during
- Electrical - Wet/slick - Obstruction • Hazardous products at/near site – Look/Ask • Support for scale and weight kit – Look • PPE - Safety Shoes – Wear - Gloves (optional) – Wear
• First Aid Kit – Know • Proper Lifting – Know
Tip: Know where your exits and emergency equipment (fire/health) are. Eyes UP. Vehicle Safety Pre-Drive Check List This is a vehicle safety pre-flight or pre-drive checklist. It is entirely visual. The idea is this visual check is a “do it” reminder after the employee has been trained in vehicle operation. Each person goes through the checklist visually and puts a finger on each highlighted item as they check it.
Here it is written out:
WIPERS NO WARNING LIGHTS
SERVICE INTERVAL NOT DUE
TURN SIGNALS FUEL/FLUIDS MILEAGE LOG
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Checklist Facilitation If you are looking at your companies JSA for a job you do, or if you are at the step where you don’t know where to start for a JSA (there are many online resources to help – see the NCWM Safety Program Toolbox at www.ncwm.net/ resource/safety. Start with just a check list for that job, it’s a good way to get the information on paper. Another link in the Toolbox is the OSHA Hazard Awareness Training Tool game. The module on basic game of Visual Inspection is quite the engaging thing to start thinking about thinking about hazard awareness to then leap to hazard mitigation and then onto my platform for making a pre-start check list. Also, try gathering knowledge from employees who do the job and have them share with one another. Currently several staff at my program are in training. As we work, I have asked trainers and trainees to add notes to their EPO so they understand the steps in language that makes sense to them. At the next training class, the plan is to have everyone then share and we will make a checklist together. We might even end up with a checklist and a new EPO! Checklist in Other Applications Checklists are not a bad tool for making good habits. Possibly a checklist can remove conflict from co-workers and the job. (The scenario of hearing about he said, she said stories and the that’s-not-my-job syndrome.) With a checklist, just point to it for training or enforcement of proper job methods. It can be part of your program for quality too when used as the check step in Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA aka the Deming Cycle).
ADVERTISEMENT Check Your Actions Be mindful of what you wish to accomplish when using a pre-start checklist. Like any tool, it will only help if understand it and use it properly. Let me give an example where a checklist worked and where it has fallen short. I have several trainer/trainee pairs working in the field. The trainer is very used to working solo and the trainee is very used to some previous kind of work. So when one of them set up the test measure trailer level and the other one grounds it, they are working together. But in this case no one got out the ground wire and it ended up causing friction in both parties. The trainer knows what to do, but forgets to say because is second nature and the trainee has no knowledge that he was supposed to do something. The list in this case was in the back of the EPO and so it was not reviewed before the job started. At another time, you should have heard the yelp of surprise I let out as I was so startled when one of the trainees was driving into a parking lot and the trainee’s hand came off the wheel to release the seatbelt before turning into the parking lot. I learned something that day. The clear the belt move is done in order to be “ready to act” as taught to the trainee in a previous career life. This may be fine for that career, not for the Weights & Measures career. Also, the checklist for pre-drive safety says “seatbelt”. The seatbelt was worn (yea checklist!), but it does not say when to take it off. An oversight? An assumption? Poor training? Seemingly so. As Mr. Brett Gurney highlighted in his safety article in the NCWM-NEWS 2015 Issue 2, “injuries can be prevented if the hazards are identified and controlled ahead of time.” I would challenge you to form the good habit of prevention by keeping your safety on your mind and a checklist in front of you.
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Laws and Regulations Committee Interim Summary By Michelle Wilson, L&R Committee Chair, Arizona
The 2019 Laws & Regulations Committee Interim Agenda consisted of 31 Items. The L&R Committee Agenda contained 5 Item Blocks. Each block is made up of items that are considered related subject matter in which the individual items are companion to each other. During open hearings comments were heard for items contained in blocks as part of testimony for the block as a whole. On the L&R Agenda, 13 items are part of a block and the remaining 18 are standalone items. It should be noted that the committee received two Form 15 submittals past the deadline that were added to the agenda as priority items in accordance with NCWM policy after the printing of Publication 15 (noted below as MOS-9 and MOS-10(a)). Additionally, based on review and open hearing testimony, the committee added an additional item with a voting status (item MOS-10(b)) that will be contained in the final report. Presentations and written testimony submitted to the committee are available on the NCWM website. The Fuels & Lubricants Subcommittee and the Packaging & Labeling Subcommittee both met at the Interim Meeting and reported to the L&R Committee. The L&R Committee designated the status for each of the agenda items as follows: VOTING ITEMS Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale Commodities MOS-5 Section 1. Food Products and Section 2. Non-Food Products MOS-7 Section 2.4. Fireplace and Stove Wood MOS-8 Section 2.XX. Non-Utility Transactions of Electrical Energy (Other than Vehicle Fueling Applications MOS-10(a) Pet Food Institute, Form 15, Pet Treats Section 2.37 MOS-10(b) Pet Food Institute, Form 15 modified by the Laws and Regulations Committee, Pet Treats Section 2.37 BLOCK 5 Items (B5) – Remove Open Dating Regulation from NIST Handbook 130 B5: WAM-1 Section 9. Requirements for Open Dating and Section 12. Powers and Duties of the Director B5: ODR-2 Uniform Open Dating Regulation BLOCK 2 Items (B2) – Kerosene, LPG, and Fuels, Lubricants and Automotive Products, CNG, LNG and DEF B2: FLR-1 Uniform Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulation, Background and Various Sections Related to Fuels BLOCK 4 Items (B4) – Tractor Hydraulic Fluid B4: MOS-6 Regulation for the Uniform Method of Sale of
Commodities Regulation: Section 2.XX Tractor Hydraulic Fluid B4: FLR-6 Uniform Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulation, Sections 1.XX. Tractor Hydraulic Fluid, 1.XX. Hydraulic Fluid, 2.XX. Products for Use in Lubricating Tractors and 3.XX. Tractor Hydraulic Fluid Uniform Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulation FLR-7 Section 2.2. Diesel Fuel NIST Handbook 133 NET-4 3.4. Volumetric Test Procedures for Viscous Fluids - Headspace NET-5 3.7. Volumetric Test Procedure for Paint, Varnish and Lacquers – Non-Aerosol NET-6 Section 4.8. Procedure for Checking the Area Measurement of Chamois NET-7 Section 4.XX. Softwood Lumber NET-8 Section 4.XX. Plywood and Wood-Based Structural Panels DEVELOPING ITEMS BLOCK 1 Items (B1) – Multiunit Package Labeling, MAV for Multi-Unit & Variety Packages and Handbook 133, Chapter 5, Specialized Test Procedures B1: PAL-1 Handbook 130, Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulation, Section 2.8. Multiunit Package B1: NET-1 Handbook 133: Section 1.2.4. Maximum Allowable Variation B1: NET-2 Handbook 133, Sections 2.1. Scope, 3.1. Scope, 4.1. Scope and Section 18.104.22.168. Maximum Allowable Variation (MAV) Requirement B1: NET-3 Handbook 133, Chapter 5. Specialized Test Procedures NCWM Policy, Interpretations and Guidelines POL-2 2.6.XX. Methods of Sale for Packages of Consumer Commodities – Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and
Acceptable Common or Usual Declarations for Packages of Food – Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
NIST Handbook 133 NET-9 Recognize the Use of Digital Density Meters Other Items OTH-1 Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee OTH-2 Packaging and Labeling Subcommittee
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ADVERTISEMENT WITHDRAWN ITEMS Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale Commodities MOS-9 American Association of Feed Control Officials, Form 15, Pet Treats Section 2.37 Uniform Open Dating Regulation ODR-1 Section 1. Purpose, Scope and Application, Prohibited and Acceptable Terms, Section 2. Definitions, Section 3. Sale of Perishable Food and Date Determination, Section 4. Sale of Semi Perishable and Long Shelf Life Food with “BEST If Used By” Opening Date., Section 5. Placement of the “USE By” or “BEST If Used by Date, Section 6. Factors for the Date Determination of “USE By” or BEST If Used By” Dates, Section 7. Records., Section 8. Exemptions, Section 9. Preemption of Local, County, and Municipal Ordinance and Section 10. Effective Date Uniform Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Regulation FLR-8 Section 3.2.5. Prohibition of Terms NCWM Policy, Interpretations and Guidelines
*Note: The following have all been assigned to the Fuels and Lubricants Subcommittee. BLOCK 2 Items (B2) – Kerosene, LPG, and Fuels, Lubricants and Automotive Products, CNG, LNG and DEF B2: MOS-1 Uniform Regulation for the Method of Sale of
Commodities, Background and Sections Related to Kerosene, LPG, and Fuels, Lubricants and Automotive Products, CNG, LNG and DEF
BLOCK 3 Items (B3) – Engine Fuels and Automotive Lubricants Inspection Law, Section 8.6. Method of Sale, Section 2.33 Oil. Fuels and Automotive Regs. Sections 2.12 Engine (Motor Oil), 3.13 Oil, and 7.2. Test Methods and Reproducibility Limits B3: FLL-1 Section 8. Prohibited Acts B3: MOS-4 Section 2.33. Oil B3: FLR-5 Sections 2.12. Engine (Motor) Oil, 3.13. Oil and 7.2. Reproducibility Limits
POL-1 2.3.2. Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
New Slate of Officers Nominated The NCWM Nominating Committee announced the 2019 nominees to the Board of Directors at the Interim Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina. The Nominating Committee gives careful consideration to professional experience, individual qualifications, conference attendance and participation, and other factors of importance in selecting officers who will lead this organization into the future. Thosewho are electedwill selflessly give of their time and talents for the betterment of the NCWM mission.
NCWM CHAIRMAN-ELECT Hal Prince, Florida BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP - NORTHEASTERN Jack Walsh, Town of Wellesley, Massachusetts BOARD OF DIRECTORS, ACTIVE MEMBERSHIP - SOUTHERN Gene Robertson, Mississippi BOARD OF DIRECTORS, AMC REPRESENTATIVE Christopher Guay, Proctor and Gamble, Co. Congratulations to you all on your nominations!
The following slate will be presented for election at the 104 th NCWM Annual Meeting this July in Milwaukee, Wisconsin:
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