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WEIGHTS AND MEASURES INSPECTOR
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for inspecting and testing scales and measuring devices for compliance with regulations designed to protect the public against erroneous or misleading weights and measures. Under supervision from an administrative superior, an employee in this class performs field inspection work involving responsibility for testing, weighing and measuring equipment in the County to determine its accuracy in compliance with prescribed standards. The inspections are intended to prevent fraud and deception on the part of owners of above equipment as well as to discover faulty mechanisms where no willful violations are intended. Inspections are made as a part of an organized program or as a result of complaints. Work is reviewed by administrative superiors and by state inspectors by means of daily instructions, weekly activity reports and re-inspections of weighing and measuring devices. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Weighs standard-weight units on scales to verify scale accuracy; seals or condemns weighing and measuring devices.
Uses measuring tape to test accuracy of lineal measuring equipment; test liquid measuring devices such as meters and gauges for compliance with standard measures.
Examines containers and wrappings for accuracy with respect to marked weight and for illegal markings or deceptive appearance.
Investigates complaints of short weight or measure, seals and condemns defective devices and initiates corrective action as required; testifies in court concerning violations of the law.
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and physical abilities.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Some knowledge of the laws, standards and regulations pertaining to weighing and measuring of commodities offered for public sale.
Some knowledge of the methods, procedures and equipment used in testing common weighing and measuring devices.
Ability to use testing equipment and to detect inaccuracies in weighing and measuring devices.
Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public.
Ability to keep records and reports of inspections made.
Ability to enforce codes and regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially.
Physical ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
One (1) year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Environmental Health Aide.
A One (1) year of experience in the manufacture, sale, service, or inspection of weighing or measuring devices; or,
B One (1) year of experience in law enforcement investigative work which must have included the submission of written reports; or,
C One (1) year of experience in general investigative work such as housing code violations, health issues, etc. which must have included the submission of written reports; or,
D One (1) year of experience in laboratory work requiring precision weighing and measuring.