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Earlier this year, the National Conference on Weights and Measures (NCWM) expanded the scope of existing labeling requirements for packaged automotive engine oils to include bulk oil storage tanks and dispensers. This is a part of NCWM’s new guidelines that require oil change locations to provide consumers with more transparency on engine oils to help them make informed decisions regarding their purchases. The new rules for implementation, which started July 1, 2013, and are published in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 130 handbook, include Uniform Regulation for Method of Sale and Uniform Engine Fuels and Lubricants Regulation.
When an oil change location installs engine oil from bulk receptacles, dispensers or storage tanks, that container should be labeled with following information:
LABELING OF TANKS, DRUMS, AND DISPENSERS:
- Motor oil brand name
- SAE viscosity of the engine oil (e.g., SAE 5W-20)
- Engine Oil Service category (e.g., API SN)
- Intended use (i.e., Motor Oil)
- Obsolete Service category warning (e.g., if API SF, “Not suitable for use in gasoline powered engines built after 1988”)
In addition to the above labeling requirements, the customer receipt should provide the following information:
- Motor oil brand installed
- SAE viscosity grade
- Engine Oil Service category
- Obsolete Service category warning
Currently, 20 states carry automatic adoption of updates from the latest version of NIST 130 “Method of Sale” regulations, including the 7 states listed above. An additional 25 states use NIST 130 as a basis for “Method of Sale” regulations, but they are not automatically updated. A complete listing is available in the NIST 130 handbook. The enforcement of the rules varies state by state. Oil change facilities should check their local governmental agencies to determine if their state has adopted these labeling requirements.
The same labeling standard in place for Installers will be applied to Marketers and Distributors of bulk motor oil. Amendments to the NIST 130 handbook will take effect on January 1, 2014, for distributors in the same 20 states that use the most recent version of NIST 130 to establish state labeling standards.
This information is also summarized in a letter from the American Petroleum Institute (API), which you can click here to view. The document discusses the new labeling guidelines for oil change facilities and provides literature references to find the exact requirements. The API has developed a program called Motor Oil Matters to comply with NCWM’s regulations, for complete information about the program go to www.motoroilmatters.org