Gambia to mark World Metrology Day Sunday
Friday, May 18, 2012
will on Sunday, May 20th, 2012, join the rest of the world to celebrate the
World Metrology Day, a press release from the Gambia Bureau of Statistics
to the release, the day was chosen in recognition of the signing of the Metre
Convention on 20 May 1875 in Paris, France.The Convention, the release went on, sets the framework for
global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial,
commercial and societal application. The release also stated that the aim of the
Metre Convention - the worldwide uniformity of measurement - remains as
important today as it was in 1875.
“World Metrology Day has since become an established annual event during which the Metrology community of the world celebrates the impact of measurement on our daily lives, no part of which is untouched by this essential, but largely hidden, aspect of modern society.Measurement is both a technique and a process that underpins much of life as we know it but is often taken for granted.As an enabling technology, measurement provides the foundation for progress and advancement of human society,” the release added.
for this year, the release further stated, is “We Measure for your
Safety”.This, the release
highlighted, reflects the importance of correct measurements to ensure our
safety whether at work or in our leisure activities.“Just like “metrology”, the term “safety” covers a very wide
area of topics but many people are unaware of the vital role the worldwide
metrology community plays.
safety is crucially dependent on good metrology.A few of the many examples include helping to ensure the
reliability of the planes we fly in, the impact resistance of the cars we
drive, or the correct values of the radiation dose used in therapy we might one
day need,” the release added.
Nationally, the release went on, under
the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Regional Integration and
Employment, The Gambia Standards Bureau and the Weights and Measures Bureau
will celebrate the World Metrology Day with a series of activities.“These include workshops and seminars,
publicity and educational programmes both for the general public, other
stakeholders and specific audiences such as schools and higher academic
These are aimed at creating more awareness and to especially
bring to the attention of the public recent developments in metrology at the
national level.Some of the
highlights include the role of the National Metrology Laboratory of The Gambia
Standards Bureau as the metrology department of the Bureau,” the release added.
The release concluded that whatever people do, whichever way they turn, although they may not know it, their safety depends on the metrology community, doing their job, and doing it well.
Author: Daily Observer