Basseterre, St. Kitts, May 20, 2020 (SKNIS)
This year’s World Metrology Day, which is being celebrated on May 20 under the theme “Measurements for global trade,” is significant as metrology is a crucial part of everyday life especially trade, says I-Ronn Audain, Chemist at the St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards (SKNBS).
“All trade is based on measurement and in order to keep a fair-trade, measurements have to be correct and they have to be precise,” he said. “In trade, we measure things like mass, volume, length, area and time just to name a few.”
The SKNBS currently provides the basic forms of metrology which include mass and volume. Mr. Audain said that the department is more specific to the legal metrology aspect where it verifies scales and fuel pumps.
“Specifically, we verify supermarket scales and the airport scales. Without the airport scales being verified by the Bureau of Standards, because of the rules and regulations of the TSA and the Aviation Authorities, planes would not be able to land in St. Kitts. So, it’s a crucial service that we provide in terms of calibrating the scales at the airports in St. Kitts and in Nevis,” he said.
According to worldmetrologyday.org, World Metrology Day is an annual event during which more than 80 countries celebrate the impact of measurement on our daily lives.
It further states that the day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a worldwide coherent measurement system that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment.
The theme for this year was chosen to create awareness of the important role measurement plays in facilitating fair global trade, ensuring products meet standards and