Overview | Weights & Measures
How we Accomplish our Mission
On any given day, every Arkansan makes dozens of purchase decisions - at the grocery store and the gas pump, to pay for a hardware item or feed a coin meter at a car wash, for a yard of fabric or a gallon of home heating fuel. As diverse as the character of these "daily necessities" may be, they all have one ingredient in common: The trust that is built into every transaction by a weights and measures program. Not only is the Division maintained to protect the interest of the buyer - that is the shopper, wage earner, and homemaker, but also it is maintained to protect the interests of the seller - that is the manufacturer, packer, processor, wholesaler, and retail merchant as well.
The National Conference on Weights and Measures
It is impossible to mention anything we eat, wear or use that has not been weighed or measured - perhaps even many times. Weights and measures regulatory professionals set standards and enforce uniform procedures to verify weight, volume, length or count, ensuring that consumers get the quantity that they pay for and that businesses sell the quantity that they advertise. Because of the unlimited range of products and services that are influenced by weights and measures activities, these standards create a comprehensive, impartial and often invisible shield that protects equity in our marketplace.
"An effective weights and measures program benefits the economy much like roads and bridges support the transportation industry."
As our population has grown and the number of products in the market has increased, the responsibility to "see that things measure up" has become an increasingly more important responsibility of your local weights and measures officials. Weights and Measures: It’s the fuel that makes the economy run smoothly; in our state, in our nation and throughout the whole world.
A Voice From the Past
"WEIGHTS AND MEASURES may be ranked among the necessaries of life to every individual of human society. They enter into the economical arrangements and daily concerns of every family. They are necessary to every occupation of human industry; to the distribution and security of every species of property; to every transaction of trade and commerce; to the labors of the husbandman; to the ingenuity of the artificer; to the studies of the philosopher; to the researches of the antiquarian; to the navigation of the mariner and the marches of the soldier; to all the exchanges of peace, and all the operations of war. The knowledge of them, as in established use, is among the first elements of education, and is often learned by those who learn nothing else, not even to read and write. This knowledge is riveted in the memory by the habitual application of it to the employments of men throughout life."
John Quincy Adams
Extract from the Report on Weights and Measures by the Secretary of State,
made to the Senate on February 22, 1821