It is unlawful for a business to use weighing or measuring devices that have not been tested, approved and sealed using certified and traceable standards. The reason for a serviceman / agency is, it would be unfair for businesses to wait for the limited number of state inspectors to test their devices each time service is performed on them.
The Serviceman / Agency Registration program sets conditions for private agencies to perform service, repair or replacement of weighing or measuring devices and return them to commercial service until a state inspector can arrange to inspect the device. In order to qualify for this status, a service agency must have traceable and accurate standards, and service agencies must certify that each agent who performs work is trained in the applicable area of expertise, possess a copy of HB130, NCWM Publication 12 and a copy of NIST HB44. (Service Agency Listing)
Although more notice is required for some installations, service agents are required to notify the Weights & Measures office within 24 hours of conducting repairs or service to devices. Additionally, agents must affix a registered security seal to devices which prevents tampering until official re-inspection by Weights & Measures takes place. No device may be used without security seals being in place.
If you have questions regarding Service Registration, contact the Weights & Measures office in Charleston, WV at 304-722-0602.
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