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Ohio Department of Public Safety Ohio State Highway Patrol

Alcohol /Drugged Driver Enforcement

Alco-Sensor and Alco-Sensor III Use, Maintenance, and Repair
A. PBT - MODEL ALCO-SENSOR III - USE AND CALIBRATION
Routine maintenance of a PBT consists of changing the 9-volt battery when needed. All PBT repairs are to be performed by Division electronic technicians. Forward defective PBT’s to the appropriate district or GHQ for repair. 1. To Operate the ALCO-SENSOR III a. Check TEMPERATURE using the strip on the back of the ALCO-SENSOR III. If any number or symbol shows, proceed to step b. If no display is visible, the ALCO-SENSOR III is not up to operating temperature and will produce an unreliable result and shall not be used. b. Attach the mouthpiece. c. Press the READ BUTTON for 10 seconds. If DISPLAY is zero, proceed. If not, depress the SET BUTTON and return to pocket. d. Depress the SET BUTTON. e. Instruct the person to blow steadily for as long as possible. f. Press the READ BUTTON before exhalation ceases (but not less than three seconds after blowing starts). g. Keep the READ BUTTON depressed until the maximum reading is obtained. h. Discard the mouthpiece and depress the SET BUTTON. 2. ALCO-SENSOR III Calibration - The ALCO-SENSOR III will be calibrated once a month to ensure good results. During the first month of use, the ALCO-SENSOR III should be calibrated weekly. a. Ensure the SET BUTTON is depressed. b. Depress the READ Button; .000 should be seen for at least 7 to 10 seconds. c. If the above condition is not seen, depress the SET BUTTON and recheck in one minute. d. Depress the SET BUTTON. e. Verify the temperature on the simulator is 34 degrees (+ or - 0.2 degrees). f. Depress the READ BUTTON. The digital display should show .000 when the READ BUTTON is held down for a 10 second period. g. Attach the mouthpiece to the ALCO-SENSOR III and then to the simulator output.

09/23/2008

OSP-902.20

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i.010% of the solution. The above ranges differ slightly from those in the owner’s manual. There is a small hole in the mouthpiece which fits onto the plastic nipple on top of the PBT just above the "Set" button. d. Remove the PBT from the box and make certain the operating temperature. This indicates the instrument is ready for operation. Mouthpieces have a ball and check valve which permit air flow in only one direction.039% BAC Yellow indicates a 0. which are clearly marked on the face of the ALCO-SENSOR. The person is to blow into the unrestricted (open) end of the mouthpiece. under CALIBRATION PROCEDURE.001% .USE AND CALIBRATION Routine maintenance of a PBT consists of changing the 9-volt battery when needed. PBT .h. On the 4th of the 5 second count. Attach the mouthpiece. The person is to blow into the short section that does not have the sample hole in it. It will lock itself in the depressed (set) position. These ranges were set to coincide with the BAC levels prescribed in the Commercial Drivers License (CDL) statute. k. Blow into the inlet of the simulator with a constant breath for 5 seconds. 1. Depress the "Set" button. f.10% and higher BAC b. Results should be + or . is visible. Forward defective PBT’s to the appropriate district or GHQ for repair. This will ensure the best possible deep lung sample. The ALCO . If one of the numbers in the display on the bottom right of the back of the instrument is not visible. The calibration shall be recorded on the HP-53. Have the person blow into the mouthpiece continuously until about to run out of breath. If the unit does not read within specifications.20 Alco-Sensor Use Attachment Page 2 of 3 . Display Indicators a. page 14. Radio Log. It will normally take about 30 seconds after the sample is gathered for the highest reading to appear. recalibrate the unit as described in the operator’s manual. b. Depress the "Read" button just before the person stops exhaling. The three lights. and shall not be used. press the READ BUTTON. All PBT repairs are to be performed by Division electronic technicians. Hold the "Read" button down and observe the highest reading. Remove the ALCO-SENSOR III and observe the reading. warn.0. a number from 20 to 36.MODEL ALCO-SENSOR . e. the PBT is not up to operating temperature. To Operate the ALCO-SENSOR PBT a.04% .0. The log entry should include the ALCOSENSOR III serial number. B.099% BAC Red indicates a 0. will produce an unreliable result.SENSOR PBT incorporates a pass.000% BAC Green indicates a 0. This is the test result. 09/23/2008 OSP-902. are calibrated in the following BAC ranges: • • • • Flashing Green indicates a 0. c. Press the "Read" button and hold it down until the green light flashes.0. the unit number of the officer performing the calibration. j. or fail display. and the fact that the ALCO-SENSOR III was functioning properly. 2.

After the final adjustment. If the red light does not come on during calibration. Calibration a. g. Store the instrument with the "Set" button depressed. The log entry should include the PBT serial number. turn the screw counter-clockwise until the yellow light comes on.20 Alco-Sensor Use Attachment Page 3 of 3 . 3. the unit number of the officer performing the calibration.10% alcohol solution comparison standard while depressing the "Read" button. Keep the "Read" button depressed until the reading reaches its maximum. Blow the simulator sample through the PBT. 09/23/2008 OSP-902. The object of this calibration is to have the extreme upper end of the yellow warn cycle on at the end of the adjustment. during the first 10 days of the month. The exhaust hose of the simulator is connected to the PBT mouthpiece.g. You can continue to turn the calibration screw counter-clockwise if the red light comes back on. h. The operator will deliver a 0. then the instrument will again be ready for use. (This solution is the same as used on the BAC DataMaster). regardless of the number of tests performed. f. This completes the calibration. This will occur just as the red light comes on. turn the screw 1/16 turn clockwise. d. Wait at least 60 seconds. When the red light comes on. Discard the mouthpiece and store the PBT in its box. by the post commander or designee. Perform the calibration exactly the same as the BAC DataMaster. The PBT must be calibrated monthly. e. The calibration shall be recorded on the HP-53. and the fact that the PBT was functioning properly. b. use a small screwdriver and turn the brass screw on the right side of the PBT three complete turns clockwise. Push the "Set" button to purge the breath sample from the PBT. Depress the "Read" button. Radio Log. c.