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Highway Safety Programs; Conforming Products List of Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers

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Highway Safety Programs; Conforming Products List of Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers

Jeff Michael
October 22, 2012


[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 204 (Monday, October 22, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64588-64590]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25915]



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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[Docket No. NHTSA-2012-0063]


Highway Safety Programs; Conforming Products List of Calibrating 
Units for Breath Alcohol Testers

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Department of 
Transportation.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice updates the Conforming Products List (CPL) 
published in the Federal Register on June 25, 2007 (72 FR 34747) for 
devices that conform to the Model Specifications for Calibrating Units 
for Breath Alcohol Tester (CUs) dated, June 25, 2007 (72 FR 34742). 
This update to the CPL includes 44 new listings--3 wet bath units and 
41 dry gas units.

DATES: Effective Date: October 22, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For technical issues: Ms. De Carlo 
Ciccel, Behavioral Research Division, NTI-131, National Highway Traffic 
Safety Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 
20590; Telephone: (202) 366-1694. For legal issues: Mr. David Bonelli, 
Office of Chief Counsel, NCC-113, National Highway Traffic Safety 
Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590; 
Telephone number (202) 366-2580.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 18, 1975 (40 FR 36167), the 
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a 
standard for Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers. A Qualified 
Products List of calibrating units for breath alcohol testers that met 
the standard was first issued on November 30, 1976 (41 FR 53389).
    On December 14, 1984, NHTSA issued a notice to convert the 
mandatory standards for calibrating units for breath alcohol testers to 
Model Specifications for such devices (49 FR 48865) and to establish a 
Conforming Products List (CPL) of calibrating units meeting the Model 
Specifications. Calibrating units provide known concentrations of 
ethanol vapor for the calibration or calibration checks of instruments 
that measure breath alcohol (BrAC).
    On December 29, 1994, NHTSA published a notice amending the Model 
Specifications and updated the CPL for calibrating units (59 FR 67377). 
That notice also proposed and sought comments about an alternate test 
procedure using National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) 
Reference Gas Mixtures for evaluating the accuracy and precision of 
dry-gas ethanol calibrating units. In Appendix A of that notice, NHTSA 
identified the calibrating units with an asterisk that had been tested 
and found to conform to the 1984 Model Specifications (49 FR 48864), 
when tested at alcohol concentrations 0.050, 0.100, and 0.150. All the 
other calibrating units listed had been tested and found to conform to 
the 1994 amended Model Specifications (59 FR 67377) when tested at 
alcohol concentrations 0.000, 0.020, 0.040, 0.080 and 0.160.
    The agency amended the Model Specifications on August 13, 1997 by 
incorporating the NIST test procedure (62 FR 43416). In that same 
notice, NHTSA updated the CPL and proposed an alternate test procedure 
for evaluating the accuracy and precision for wet bath and dry gas 
calibrating units using infra-red spectroscopy. On June 25, 2007, NHTSA 
adopted an alternate procedure for evaluating wet bath and dry gas 
calibrating units using infra-red spectroscopy (72 FR 34742). That 
notice also adds references to the dry gas standards by fixed 
concentration of ethanol in terms of parts per million (ppm) and tank 
size in terms of liters (L). In that same notice, NHTSA updated the CPL 
to include 22 new listings (8 wet bath and 14 dry gas units).
    The CPL that appears in today's notice lists calibrating units that 
have been determined to conform to the current Model Specifications and 
continues to identify those units found to conform to the 1984 Model 
Specifications.
    The updated CPL includes 44 new calibrating units (3 wet bath and 
41 dry gas units). The wet bath units include:
    (1) Alcosim, submitted by Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, Toronto, 
Ontario, Canada;
    (2) Model 12V500 submitted by Guth Laboratories, Inc Harrisburg, 
Pennsylvania; and
    (3) Model 3402C-Tandem submitted by RepCo Marketing, Inc., Raleigh, 
North Carolina.
    The dry gas units \1\ include:
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    \1\ The naming convention of the dry gas units added to the CPL 
today is illustrative of the ethanol concentration in the volume of 
nitrogen dry gas. Concentration is expressed in parts per million 
(ppm) or marketed as breath alcohol concentrations (BAC) and volume 
is expressed in Liters (L).
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    (4) 105.1 ppm/30 L, 225.8 ppm/30 L, 104 ppm/55 L, 226 ppm/55 L, 274 
ppm/55 L, 53.5 ppm/108 L, 224.9 ppm/108 L, 273.8 ppm/108 L, and 316.2 
ppm/108 L totaling nine (9) tanks submitted by Airgas, Mid-America, St. 
Louis, Missouri.
    (5) 65.1 ppm/15 L, 130.3 ppm/15 L, 195.4 ppm/15 L, 208.4 ppm/15 L, 
390.8 ppm/15 L, 65.1 ppm/34 L, 130.3 ppm/34 L, 195.4 ppm/34 L, 208.4 
ppm/34 L, 260.5 ppm/34 L, 390.8 ppm/34 L, 260.5 ppm/105 L, and 260.5 
ppm/116 L totaling 13 tanks submitted by Air Liquide CALGAZ, Cambridge, 
Maryland.
    (6) 104 ppm/34 L, 208 ppm/34 L, 223 ppm/34 L, 260 ppm/34 L, 52 ppm/
67 L, 103.5 ppm/67 L, 209 ppm/67 L, 260 ppm/67 L, 103.5 ppm/105 L, 208 
ppm/105 L, 223 ppm/105 L, 260 ppm/105 L, 273 ppm/105 L, 52 ppm/108 L, 
209 ppm/108 L, 103.5 ppm/110 L, 208 ppm/110 L, 223 ppm/110 L, and 260 
ppm/110 L totaling 19 tanks submitted by ILMO Specialty Gas Products, 
Jacksonville, Illinois.
    This notice also removes nine (9) manufacturers of fourteen (14) 
CUs from the CPL whose products are discontinued or no longer sold or 
supported by the manufacturer. In some cases, the manufacturer no 
longer exists or expressed an interest in removing their unit(s) from 
the CPL. In one case, a unit was previously produced by one 
manufacturer and is now being supported by another manufacturer. This 
unit will not be removed from the CPL, but it will be listed only under 
the manufacturer that is currently supporting it. The manufacturers and 
units being removed include:
    (1) Davtech Analytical Services, Canada, and its CALWAVE dT-100 
unit;
    (2) Intoximeters, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, and its Alco Breath 
Alcohol Standards unit;
    (3) Luckey Laboratories, San Bernardino, California, and its 
Simulator unit;
    (4) PLD of Florida, Inc., Rockledge, Florida, and its BA 500 unit;
    (5) Protection Devices, Inc., U.S. Alcohol Testing, Inc., Rancho 
Cucamonga, California, and its LS34 Model 6100 unit;
    (6) Scott Specialty Gases, Inc., Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, and 
its Model EBSTM Gaseous Ethanol Breath Standard, Scotty 28 
0.040 BAC/28L, Scotty 28 0.045 BAC/28L, Scotty 28 0.080 BAC/28L, Scotty 
28 0.100 BAC/28L and Scotty 28 0.105 BAC/28L units;
    (7) Smith & Wesson Electronic Co., Springfield, Massachusetts is 
being removed from the CPL. However, its Mark II-A Simulator continues 
to be supported and maintained by National Draeger, Inc., Colorado. 
This unit will continue to be listed under National Draeger.

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    (8) Systems Innovation, Inc., Hallstead, Pennsylvania and its True-
Test MD 901 unit; and
    (9) U.S. Alcohol Testing, Cucamonga, California and its Alco-
Simulator 2000 and Alco-Simulator 61000 units.
    The other change today is an update to the listing for Liquid 
Technology Corp., Orlando, Florida, which expands Ethanol-in-Nitrogen 
to specify that the unit includes a 105 Liter tank with alcohol 
concentrations of 104.3 to 219 ppm.
    Consistent with the paragraphs above, NHTSA updates the Conforming 
Products List of Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers 
(Manufacturer and Calibrating Unit) \2\ to read as follows:
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    \2\ Infra-red (IR) and fuel cell breath testers may be 
calibrated with either wet-bath or dry-gas CUs. However, it is 
inadvisable to use dry gas CUs when calibrating gas chromatograph 
EBTs.

Conforming Products List of Calibrating Units for Breath Alcohol Testers
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                                                    Type of device
         Manufacturers/Name of units         ---------------------------
                                                 Dry gas      Wet bath
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1. Airgas, Inc. (Formerly known as: Gateway
 Airgas, AG Specialty Gas, or Acetylene Gas
 Co.), St. Louis, MO
    Ethanol in Nitrogen Breath Alcohol        ............  ............
     Standards
         105.1 ppm/30 liters (L)....            X   ............
         225.8 ppm/30 L.............            X   ............
         270 ppm/30 L...............            X   ............
         104 ppm/55 liters L........            X   ............
         226 ppm/55 liters L........            X   ............
         274 ppm/55 liters L........            X   ............
         53.5 ppm/108 L.............            X   ............
         103 ppm/108 L..............            X   ............
         224.9 ppm/108 L............            X   ............
         273.8 ppm/108 L............            X   ............
         316.2 ppm/108 L............            X   ............
2. Air Liquide CALGAZ, Cambridge, MD
    Ethanol in Nitrogen Breath Alcohol
     Standards
         65.1 ppm/15 L..............            X   ............
         130.3 ppm/15 L.............            X   ............
         195.4 ppm/15 L.............            X   ............
         208.4 ppm/15 L.............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/15 L.............            X   ............
         390.8 ppm/15 L.............            X   ............
         65.1 ppm/34 L..............            X   ............
         115 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         130.3 ppm/34 L.............            X   ............
         195.4 ppm/34 L.............            X   ............
         208.4 ppm/34 L.............            X   ............
         230 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/34 L.............            X   ............
         390.8 ppm/34 L.............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/58 L.............            X   ............
         115 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         230 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/105 L............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/116 L............            X   ............
         260.5 ppm/537 L............            X   ............
3. Alcohol Countermeasure Systems, Toronto,
 Ontario, Canada
         Alcosim....................  ............            X
4. CMI, Inc., Owensboro, KY                   ............  ............
         Toxitest II................  ............            X
5. Guth Laboratories, Inc., Harrisburg, PA
         Model 34C Simulator........  ............            X
        (variations: Model 34C Cal DOJ, 34-C- ............            X
         FM, and 34C-NPAS)..................
         Model 3412.................  ............            X
         Model 10-4 and 10-4D.......  ............            X
         Model 10-4D Revision A.....  ............            X
         Model 1214.................  ............            X
         Model 2100 (formerly Model   ............            X
         210021)............................
         Model 2100 Revision A......  ............            X
         590........................  ............            X
         12V500.....................  ............            X
6. ILMO Specialty Gas Products,
 Jacksonville, IL
    Ethanol in Nitrogen Standards
         104 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         208 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         223 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         260 ppm/34 L...............            X   ............
         52 ppm/67 L................            X   ............
         103.5 ppm/67 L.............            X   ............
         209 ppm/67 L...............            X   ............

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         260 ppm/67 L...............            X   ............
         103.5 ppm/105 L............            X   ............
         208 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         223 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         260 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         273 ppm/105 L..............            X   ............
         52 ppm/108 L...............            X   ............
         209 ppm/108 L..............            X   ............
         103.5 ppm/110 L............            X   ............
         208 ppm/110 L..............            X   ............
         223 ppm/110 L..............            X   ............
         260 ppm/110 L..............            X   ............
7. Lion Laboratories, Cardiff, Wales, UK
(a subsidiary of CMI, Inc.)
         AlcoCal Breath Alcohol                 X   ............
         Standard...........................
8. Liquid Technology Corp., Orlando, FL
         Ethanol-in-Nitrogen                    X   ............
         Standards 104.3 to 219 ppm/105 L...
9. National Draeger, Inc., Durango, CO
         Mark II-A Simulator*         ............            X
         (formerly Smith & Wesson)..........
         Alcotest CU 34.............  ............            X
10. RepCo Marketing, Inc., Raleigh, NC
         AS-1.......................  ............            X
         Model 3402C................  ............            X
         Model 3402C-2K.............  ............            X
         3402C-Tandem...............  ............            X
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\*\ (This instrument met the Model Specifications in 49 FR 48864
  (December 14, 1984), i.e. tested at 0.050, 0.100, and 0.150).
  Instruments not marked with an asterisk meet the Model Specifications
  in 72 FR 32742 (June 25, 2007), tested at 0.020, 0.040, 0.080, and
  0.160 BrAC.


    Authority: 23 U.S.C. 403; 49 CFR 1.50; 49 CFR part 501.

    Issued on: October 17, 2012.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development, National 
Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-25915 Filed 10-19-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4910-59-P



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