Utah Department of Administrative Services Division of Administrative Rules

File No. 34070

This rule was published in the October 1, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 19) of the Utah State Bulletin.


Public Safety, Highway Patrol

Section R714-500-6

Instrument Certification

Notice of Proposed Rule

(Amendment)

DAR File No.: 34070
Filed: 09/09/2010 05:09:25 PM

RULE ANALYSIS

Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:

The rule amendment is proposed due to a change in technology used to test breath samples. The previous instruments were tested and left at a location in a police station or a jail and then they did not move from that location. Within the last year the entire state transitioned to the Intoxilyzer 8000. These instruments are mobile therefore it is not required to stay in one static location. The change in wording in the rule will reflect that the instruments can be placed into service and not required to be in a "specific location". It was also recognized that some numbers were out of sequence in the same area as the proposed change. That numbering sequence will be fixed as well.

Summary of the rule or change:

The amendment will change the numbering in one part of the rule. It will also strike the language of "specific Location" in four subsections of the rule.

State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:

  • Section 41-6a-515

Anticipated cost or savings to:

the state budget:

The amendment to this rule is a change of language and will not affect the rule where state budgets would be affected.

local governments:

The amendment to this rule is a change of language and will not affect the rule where local government budgets would be affected.

small businesses:

The amendment to this rule is a change of language and will not affect the rule where small businesses would be affected.

persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:

The amendment to this rule is a change of language and will not affect any other persons.

Compliance costs for affected persons:

There will be no affect on budgets so there will not be a compliance cost.

Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:

After looking over this rule and its changes, I do not believe this change should have any fiscal impact on businesses.

Lance Davenport, Commissioner

The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:

Public Safety
Highway Patrol
4501 S 2700 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84119-5994

Direct questions regarding this rule to:

  • Steve Winward at the above address, by phone at 801-284-5514, by FAX at 801-284-5527, or by Internet E-mail at swinward@utah.gov

Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:

11/01/2010

This rule may become effective on:

11/15/2010

Authorized by:

Lance Davenport, Commissioner

RULE TEXT

R714. Public Safety, Highway Patrol.

R714-500. Chemical Analysis Standards and Training.

R714-500-6. Instrument Certification.

A. Criteria: To be approved, each manufacturer's brand or model of instrument shall meet the following criteria:

1. The instrument shall provide accurate and consistent analysis of breath specimen for the determination of breath alcohol concentration for law enforcement purposes;

2. Breath alcohol concentration analysis of an instrument shall be based on the principle of infra-red energy absorption or any other similarly effective procedure as specified by the Department;

3. Breath specimen analyzed shall be essentially alveolar or end expiratory in composition according to the analysis method utilized;

4. Measurement of breath alcohol concentration shall be reported in grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath;

5. The instrument shall analyze a reference sample during certification checks, following procedures outlined in R714-500-6-D;

6. Other criteria, deemed necessary by the Department, may be required to correctly and adequately evaluate the instrument as practical and reliable for law enforcement purposes.

B. Acceptance: The Department shall approve all breath alcohol concentration testing instruments employed for law enforcement evidentiary purposes.

1. The Department shall maintain an approved list of accepted instruments. Law enforcement entities shall select instruments from this list, which list shall be available for public inspection upon request from the Department, Utah Highway Patrol Training Section, 410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84070.

2. A manufacturer may apply for approval of an instrument by brand or model not on the list. The Department shall subsequently examine each instrument to determine if it meets criteria specified by R714-500 and applicable purchase requisitions.

3. Upon compliance with R714-500, an instrument may be approved by brand or model and placed on the list of accepted instruments.

4. Certification Reports verifying the certification of all instruments shall be kept on file by the program supervisor and made available upon request through the Department, Utah Highway Patrol Training Section, 410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84070.

C. Initial Instrument Certification: All breath alcohol concentration testing instruments used for law enforcement evidentiary purposes shall be certified prior to being placed into service .[ at a specific location.]

1. The program supervisor shall determine that each individual instrument, by serial number, conforms to the brand or model that appears on the commissioner's accepted list.

2. Prior to an instrument being placed into service[ at a specific location], a technician shall perform a certification check, following the standardized operating procedure and requirements outlined in R714-500-6-D.

3. Upon successful completion of these requirements, the instrument shall be deemed to be operating correctly and may be placed into service.

D. Regular Instrument Certification Checks

1. Once an instrument has been placed into service[ at a specific location], it shall be certified by a technician on a routine basis, not to exceed 40 days between certification checks.

2. The program supervisor shall establish a standardized operating procedure for performing certification checks, following requirements set forth in R714-500 or by using such procedures as recommended by the manufacturer of the instrument to meet its performance specifications, as derived from:

a. electrical power check;

b. operating temperature check;

c. internal purge check;

d. invalid test procedures check;

e. diagnostic measurements check;

f. internal calibration check;

g. known reference sample check; and

h. measurements of breath alcohol concentration, displayed in grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath.

A copy of these standard operating procedures may be made available upon request through the Department, Utah Highway Patrol Training Section, 410 West 9800 South, Sandy, UT 84070.

3. For known reference sample checks set forth in R714-500-6-D-2-g, the instrument shall analyze a reference sample, such as headspace gas from a mixture of water and a known weight or volume of ethanol held at a constant temperature or a compressed inert gas and alcohol mixture from a pressurized cylinder.

a. The result of the analysis shall agree with the reference sample's predicted value, within parameters of calibration set at plus or minus 5% or 0.005, whichever is greater, or such limits as set by the Department.

i. For example, if a known reference sample has a value of 0.100, the parameters of calibration set at plus or minus 5% would equal 0.005 (0.100 x 5 % = 0.005). Acceptable parameters of calibration using a known 0.100 reference sample would therefore range from 0.095 to 0.105.

b. Analytical results of the known reference sample check shall be reported to three decimal places.

1. Other checks, deemed necessary by the Department or program supervisor, may be required to correctly and adequately evaluate the instrument.

2. Technicians shall follow the standardized operating procedure as set forth by the program supervisor when performing certification checks.

3.[4.] If an instrument successfully passes all the certification checks, it shall be deemed to be operating properly.

4.[5.] A report of the certification results with the serial number of the certified instrument shall be recorded on the approved Certification Report form by the technician, sent to the program supervisor, and placed in the file for certified instruments.

5.[6.] Results of certification checks shall be kept in a permanent record retained by the technician or program supervisor.

E. Instrument Repair and Recertification

1. The Department may at any time determine if a specific instrument is unreliable or unserviceable. Upon such a finding, the instrument shall be removed from service and certification withdrawn.

2. A report of the certification results showing the certification has been withdrawn shall be recorded on the approved Certification Report form by the technician, sent to the program supervisor, and placed in the file for certified instruments.

3. Upon proper repair, the instrument may be recertified and again placed into service .[ at a specific location.]

a. Minimum requirements for recertification are identical to those outlined in R714-500-6-D, sub-sections 2, 3, and 4.

4. A report of the certification results with the serial number of the recertified instrument shall be recorded on the approved Certification Report form by the technician, sent to the program supervisor, and placed in the file for certified instruments.

 

KEY: alcohol, intoxilyzer, breath testing, operator certification

Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [October 15, 2008]2010

Notice of Continuation: October 5, 2009

Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 41-6a-515; 63G-4

 


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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Steve Winward at the above address, by phone at 801-284-5514, by FAX at 801-284-5527, or by Internet E-mail at swinward@utah.gov.