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NSI to take part in National Science Week

The laboratories of the Standards Institution are key elements in monitoring and maintaining national standards.

The laboratories of the Standards Institution are key elements in monitoring and maintaining national standards.

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) is participating in this year’s National Science, Technology and Innovation Week (National Science Week).The aim of taking part is to inspire learners and students to develop an interest in science and provide them with information on possible career opportunities.
The NSI is statutory body responsible for standards development and coordination and carries out, among other things, regulatory functions such as the implementation of the Metrology Act, testing and inspection of fish and fisheries products and inspection of canned meat in order for Namibia to meet the requirements of its trading partners.
The event is hosted this whole week at the University of Namibia, Windhoek Campus in the Main Hall.
On each day, the team demonstrated how the verification of liquid fuel dispensers (commonly known as fuel pumps) is carried out to make sure that a pump pours out the correct amount of fuel. Furthermore, the Metrology team demonstrates how to measure the accuracy of temperature instruments such as, thermometers, using a process known as temperature calibration. The team has been holding a daily demonstration of the process involved in the inspection of pre-packaged products to make sure that the indicated weight on a package corresponds with the product’s actual weight.
A member of the team from the Inspectorate Division demonstrates daily how a seam inspection for canned meat products is carried out to make sure that canned meat conforms to food safety standards. Another element to sensitise the public to health, hygiene and compliance, is demonstrated by the Food Laboratory of Walvis Bay showing lab techniques in microbiology and chemical testing.
The National Science Week is a project of the Ministry of Education in collaboration with the University of Namibia and the Polytechnic of Namibia. It has been held yearly since 2004, aiming to promote public awareness and appreciation of science and technology in an engaging and entertaining way.

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