California DTSC Site

From: Robina Suwol
Date: 05 Aug 2005
Time: 15:43:39
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Even if you are accustomed to fighting your way through the "official" version of California Code of Regulations (CCR), title 22 already on the Internet ( we invite you to visit our very own and look under Laws, Regs & Policies for a far more user-friendly version for most purposes.

More than a year in the making, you'll be able to see the division by chapter, the chapters by article, and search individual documents for specific terms. The web page includes all the chapters of division 4.5 of title 22. The information is presented in a web-based navigation form, with Adobe Acrobat PDF documents providing the text information. Finally, all the tables found in title 22, division 4.5, are also presented in a Tables page, out of context, for those of you who refer to these tables on a frequent basis and wish to print or bookmark them for easy reference. More on all of that follows. First, I have to acknowledge the people who made this happen:

From the Office of Environmental Analysis, Regulations and Audits, under the supervision of Nicole Sotak - Mark Abrams, whose perseverance, technical know-how, and rapport with the programmers and Web Coordinator made it happen Joan Ferber, who for months compared the DTSC "version" (they are actually our regulations, after all) line by line against the Barclay's version and reconciled the differences.

From the Office of Environmental Information Management - JoAnn Bodneras, who created the templates, and programmed the entire structure.

From the Office of External Affairs -

Lisa Kunz, DTSC's own Web Coordinator who, among other things, allowed this page to be one of the first test cases in deploying the new web content management system that will take our website from a sometimes frustrating, always labor-intensive exercise to a paperless, flexible site more easily adaptable to the needs of the site visitors. Others also lent a hand along the way, and we thank them for their support, as well.

In order to navigate through the site, either browse or use the search box. For browsing, title 22 starts with a single main web page, which has links to all the chapters within division 4.5. Clicking on a chapter link takes the user to the corresponding chapter page. Each chapter page has a list of links to the articles, appendices, and/or tables that are contained in that chapter. Clicking on any of these links opens a PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Reader. The corresponding document can be read in its entirety, or the user can jump to a specific section using the bookmarks which appear on the left side of the screen when the PDF is opened.

For example, if I wanted to look at the Penalty Matrix, I would look through the entries in the table of contents. Penalty Matrix is probably related to enforcement and chapter 22 deals with enforcement, so I click on the "Enforcement, Inspections, and Informant Rewards" link. This brings up the chapter web page. Out of the three articles, "Assessment of Administrative Penalties," appears related, so I click on the link. The article 3 pdf has a link on the left that reads "Determining the Initial Penalty for Each Violation," which includes the Penalty Matrix.

For searching, the user starts with the single main web page, and types in the word or keywords that relate to the subject the user wants to learn about. After clicking the "go" button, a list of links will appear. These links indicate that the word or words were found in the documents within the title 22 PDF files. The list of documents is provided in order of importance, as determined by the search program. The search box does not search all of the CCR, nor does it look at the rest of the internet; it only looks at the PDF files which contain title 22, division 4.5. Upon clicking one of the links in the results list, the corresponding PDF file will be opened.

For further searching within the PDF, click the binoculars icon in the window toolbar. This will bring up the Acrobat Reader search box. The user re-enters the search criteria and hits enter. Acrobat Reader will then do one of two things, depending on which version of the Reader is present:

Jump the document to the first instance of the search criteria, Present a list of all the instances of the search criteria, which can be clicked on to jump to any instance of the criteria desired, as well as jumping to and highlighting the first instance of the criteria.For example, if I couldn't remember the labeling requirements for used oil filters, I would enter "oil filters" in the Title 22 search box. The following list appears:

Ch 16 Art 10 Requirements for Management of Certain Oily Wastes Ch 29 Art 10 Testing Standards and Recordkeeping Requirements Ch 11 Art 1 General I would click on the first item of the list, since the list is created in order of relevance. Then I click the binoculars and search for "label." That takes me to section 66266.130, subdivision (c)(3), which contains the information I need.

We are very excited about making this vital tool available to you via the worldwide web, and in a format we hope you will find intuitive and useful. We look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions. For those, or for questions about the page, please contact Mark Abrams

James McRitchie, Chief
Office of Environmental Analysis, Regulations and Audits
(916) 327-8642 Fax: 323-3215

Last changed: March 14, 2006