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Weights and measures advice for Dorset businesses

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 help line 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

We are not a UKAS accredited laboratory. If you would like further information please view the UKAS website (opens in a new window).

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