Detect Chemical Agents Using M8 or M9 Detector Paper031-503-1037FM 3-11.4FM 3-5 Instructor SGT MILLS
Agenda • Risk Assessment • Classroom Norms • Using M8 and M9 detector paper • Check on learning • Questions
Classroom Norms Be professional No sleeping No eating No smoking Turn off cell phones Participate
Detect Chemical Agents Using M8 or M9Detector Paper Task: Detect chemical agents using M8 or M9 detector paper. Conditions: You are in mission oriented posture 2 (MOPP2) in a tactical environment or an area where there is a chemical threat. You are given a protective mask, a booklet of M8 detector paper, a dispenser of M9 detector paper, an M256A1 chemical-agent detector kit.
Detect Chemical Agents Using M8 or M9Detector Paper Standards: Detect chemical agents using M8 and M9 detector paper. Ensure the M9 detector paper is attached properly. Detect and identify all liquid agents in the area that are within the capabilities of the M8 or M9 detector paper.
Warning! Always wear protective gloves when touching M9 detector paper. Do not get M9 detector paper in or near your mouth or on your skin. The M9 detector paper dye may cause cancer, but the risk is small because very little dye is used.
Detect Chemical Agents Using M9 Detector Paper Note: M8 and M9 detector paper will not detect chemical agent vapors. Note: M8 detector paper will not detect chemical agents in water, vapor, or aerosol form. Note: When using M9 detector paper hot, dirty, oily, greasy surfaces, petroleum products and DS2 (decon solution 2) may give a false positive reading.
Detect Chemical Agents Using M9 Detector Paper When using M9 detector paper ensure you use protective gloves to avoid contact with your skin. If you are right handed, apply M9 detector paper to your right upper arm, left wrist, and right ankle. These are the locations you are most likely to come into contact with a chemical agent. If left handed, M9 should be applied to left upper arm, right wrist, and left ankle.
Reading M9 Detector Paper If M9 detector paper turns pink, red, reddish brown, or purple, suspect the presence of chemical agents and take appropriate protective measures. Then confirm with M8 detector paper or preferably with M256 kit. During night operations, white light is required to properly read M9 detector paper.
Using M8 Detector Paper To use, tear a sheet of M8 detector paper from the booklet, using a stick, cleaning rod, etc. poke through the paper for your protection to avoid contact with suspected agent. Dab or blot paper on suspected surface. Do Not rub paper against surface because false positive red streaks are produced.
Reading M8 Detector Paper M8 detector paper reacts to three types of chemical agents: V-Type Nerve Agents Dark Green G-Type Nerve Agents Yellow Blister Agents Red Note: During night operations, white light is required to properly read M8 detector paper.
Check on Learning • What type of chemical agents does M8 detector paper react to? Liquid, Aerosol, Vapor, Powder Answer: Liquid • What color does M9 detector paper change to if a chemical agent is present? Answer: Red, Reddish brown, Pink, Purple • Where should you attach M9 detector paper to you body? Answer: Right upper arm, left wrist, right ankle
Check on Learning • What color does M8 detector paper change to for V-type, G-type nerve agents and blister agents? Answer: V-type Green, G-type Yellow, Blister Red • What is the recommended way to handle M8 detector paper when trying to identify a possible chemical agent? Answer: Use a stick or cleaning rod to poke through paper to avoid direct contact, ensuring to dab or blot not rub.