Title 17 – § 1215.1 – Definitions

§ 1215.1 Definitions

(a)  “Alcohol” means the unique chemical compound, ethyl alcohol, with the exception that reference in these regulations to compounds to be avoided as skin antiseptics includes the generic class of organic compounds known as alcohols.

(b)  “Forensic Alcohol Analysis” means the practical application of specialized devices, instruments, and methods by trained laboratory personnel to measure the concentration of ethyl alcohol in samples of blood, breath, urine, or tissue of persons involved in traffic accidents or traffic violations.

(c)  “Breath Alcohol Analysis” means analysis of a sample of a person’s expired breath, using a breath testing instrument designed for this purpose, in order to determine the concentration of ethyl alcohol in the person’s blood.

(d)  “Concentration” means the weight amount of alcohol contained in a unit volume of liquid or a unit volume of gas under specified conditions of temperature and pressure; in the case of a solid tissue specimen, “concentration” means the weight amount of alcohol contained in a unit weight of specimen.

(e)  “Forensic Alcohol Laboratory” means a place at which specialized apparatus, instruments, and methods are used by trained laboratory personnel to measure the concentration of alcohol in samples of blood, breath, urine, or tissue of persons involved in traffic accidents or in traffic violations; this may be an activity of a laboratory engaged in activities other than alcohol analysis.

(f)  “Forensic Alcohol Supervisor” means a person employed by a forensic alcohol laboratory who can be responsible for all aspects of the performance of forensic alcohol analysis and for the supervision of personnel who perform such analysis.

(g)  “Forensic Alcohol Analyst” means a person employed by a forensic alcohol laboratory who performs the technical procedures of forensic alcohol analysis.

(h)  “Forensic Alcohol Analyst Trainee” means a person employed by a forensic alcohol laboratory for the purpose of receiving comprehensive practical experience and instruction in the technical procedures of forensic alcohol analysis under the supervision of a forensic alcohol supervisor or forensic alcohol analyst.

(i)  “Method” means the steps used by a trained person to make a measurement of alcohol concentration.

(j)  “Instrument” or “Device” means any item or combination of items of equipment used to make a measurement of alcohol concentration; simple and complex devices are included in this meaning.

(k)  “License” means a document issued by the State Department of Health to a laboratory to perform the tests referred to in the Health and Safety Code, Sections 436.51 and 436.52.

(l)  “Sample” or “Specimen” means a representative portion of breath, blood, urine, or tissue or of an artificially constituted material, taken for the purpose of measuring its alcohol concentration.

(m)  “Alveolar” refers to the smallest air sacs in the lungs and to that portion of the expired breath which is in equilibrium with respect to alcohol with the immediately adjacent pulmonary blood.

(n)  “Department” means the California State Department of Health and its duly authorized representatives.

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