STANDARDS Link Vol 2 Issue 13 -Lets Use Metric
Let’s use Metric
Saint Lucians will in the coming months be tuned in to a new message on metrication. Since assuming responsibility for metrication, the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards has began working on an advocacy plan for the use of the metric system in everyday life.
The SLBS believes now that the metric system has been adopted as the legal form of measurement in this country, it is now time for the psychological work of abandoning loyalties to the imperial system to take place and for the country to become comfortable with the use of the metric system.
The SLBS is encouraging that transition with the engagement of educators to promote the understanding of metric units. The promotion includes the production of a series of tutorials which will be aired on national television, and made available to communities for educational programmes in the communities.
The tutorials will cover issues such as conversion, metric units and instruments, the simplicity of use of metric units as well as explanation of the superiority of the metric system to the old familiar imperial system.
Head of the Metrology Department, responsible for the implementation of the programme, Mr Anselm Gittens has come strongly in support of a work programme which encourages use of metric units not just to satisfy legal requirements but to make metric units the preferred measurement in all transactions.
In the last few years since the change to the metric system, consumers and retailers have accommodated requests based on the price of goods. For example, at a meat outlet, a buyer will ask for the weight of the purchase in dollars rather than in kilos. The SLBS hopes that within the shortest possible time, consumers will have enough knowledge to allow them to understand the measurement units and use them in their transactions.
The series of tutorials are expected to be aired in July of 2014.