Trade Approved scales
Legally, Trade Approved scales must be used when weighing in commercial transactions – when the purpose of weighing items is to determine the price.
A failure to use Trade Approved scales for this purpose can result in a fine in excess of £1000, according to Trading Standards.
However there is more to a Trade Approved scale than simply being legal for trade use. This blog post explains why a Trade Approved scale, even when you’re not buying or selling based on weight, will benefit your business.
A legal-for-trade scale - also known as a Trade Approved scale - is one that has been tested and approved for legal use in the buying and selling of goods.
If an unsuitable weighing scale is used in the process of buying or selling based on weight, it is not only illegal but may lead to ‘an unlimited fine’ following a Trading Standards visit. In 2014-15, there were 1045 Trading Standards Inspectors of Weights and Measures, who could visit your business at any time - and penalise you for failing to use Approved scales.
But what are the reasons a scale might be rejected by Trading Standards for legal-for-trade use? Marsden explains.
Waterproof scales are essential for fishmongers. If a scale without an IP rating is used, it could be at risk of being broken if liquid finds its way into the scale.
The scales listed in this blog post are built to withstand regular use in wet or humid areas, which makes them perfect for fishmongers. Christina Herbert of Macsorsons Fishmongers told Marsden in a case study, “I had been desperately searching for a waterproof scale. We had experience with moisture under the keypad.”
Trade Approved scales are used in a wide range of industries. When price is based on weight it is a legal requirement that the scale used is Trade Approved.
A failure to use Trade Approved scales for this purpose means your business can incur heavy fines. Craig Fisher from Trading Standards told a recent Marsden white paper: “The fines can be level 3 - which means in excess of £1000 - for matters in relation to inappropriate use, manner of erection of equipment etc. But for all other matters it would be an unlimited fine.”
Your business could be fined if unsuitable scales are being used for the purposes of weighing items to determine a price.
Legally, Trade Approved scales must be used when weighing in commercial transactions – and inappropriate use could mean a large penalty and the scale could be forfeited.
Marsden has worked with Trading Standards on our latest white paper, Trade Approved Scales: Why you should be using them, and you can download the white paper further down this blog post.
In plastic parts industries, accurately weighing and counting every component is imperative in enhancing productivity and improving quality levels.
Every piece of plastic contributes to profits. Weighing effectively can contribute to improved reliability and traceability, and can also contribute to increased productivity and time and cost savings.
This 7-step guide will take you through the process: from the stage where materials are received through to shipping.
Weighing is critical in food manufacturing – it takes place at almost every stage of the production process.
From weighing raw materials to the vehicles carrying finished goods, it’s important that the scales are accurate, reliable and, where appropriate, legal for use.
You can find out more about where and why weighing in food factories takes place, how it can help increase outputs and how it can reduce costs in this free guide – and when you are ready to choose your scales, this blog post can help.
For many applications, using a Trade Approved scale is a legal requirement.
For many businesses that use weighing scales, however, what a Trade Approved scale is is a bit of a mystery. In this blog post, we explain what a Trade Approved scale is, why it’s different to a standard weighing scale that’s not Trade Approved, and the applications when a Trade Approved scale must be used.