Portable Breath Tester (PBT)

Last Updated: January 2, 2019

Definition - What does Portable Breath Tester (PBT) mean?

A portable breath tester (PBT) is a breath alcohol testing device that can be used on site to detect an individual's alcohol use. These devices may vary in their use and level of sophistication. A simple point-of-collection breath test may be used to detect whether a person has recently consumed alcohol. On the other hand, a fully-functional evidential breath alcohol testing device (EBTD) may include everything necessary to measure an individual's specific blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and generate a printed report.

WorkplaceTesting explains Portable Breath Tester (PBT)

Portable breath testers (PBTs) are often touted as a convenient and economical way to conduct alcohol testing in a variety of settings. Law enforcement agencies may use PBTs in the field to conduct alcohol tests during traffic stops or at accident sites. Individuals may use PBTs to monitor their own alcohol use. And, employers may use PBTs to conduct alcohol testing at job sites. Many PBTs are small enough to be hand-held. Other devices are similar in size to a small briefcase and include a printer or other peripheral equipment.

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