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5506: NIST Handbook 130 - Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations 4 day

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Office of Weights and Measures will hold a seminar for Weights and Measures Officials on the most recent version of NIST Handbook 130, Uniform Laws and Regulations, Uniform Packaging and Labeling Regulations (UPLR).

Learning Objectives:

After this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • UNDERSTAND and INTERPRET requirements under the Handbook 130, UPLR.
  • EXPLAIN, DEMONSTRATE, and APPLY the Handbook 130, UPLR to everyday packaging of consumer and non-consumer commodities.
  • DETERMINE the appropriate method of sale for various products.
  • RECOGNIZE and EVALUATE various package labelings in the marketplace.

Materials & Supplies:

Participants will be provided with a notebook.


There are no prerequisites for this seminar.


Each student is required bring in empty packages and containers to the class. We will use these packages and containers as a resource for hands-on training to determine if they meet the requirements of the (UPLR). Packages and containers should include:

  • Packages sold by mass, volume, count, length, Food & Non-food, Small & large packages (i.e. cosmetic to dog food), spot labels and header strips, random weight packages, Multi packs, combination & variety pack packages.
  • Packages that have known problems (boxes may be folded down).

Minimum Requirement(s):

To receive a Certificate of Successful Completion, students must be in attendance for the entire class and actively participate in all in-class and off-site activities. You will be assessed on your application of all the learning objectives of this course.


State Weights and Measures officials only.


There are no registration fees for this seminar. However, participants are responsible for their own travel costs.


David Sefcik
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 4868
Email: david.sefcik [at] (david[dot]sefcik[at]nist[dot]gov)

Technology Requirement(s):

You must bring a calculator or a smartphone that can perform basic calculations.


NIST / Office of Weights and Measures
Minnesota Weights and Measures Division

Created May 2, 2017, Updated July 31, 2017