Chemical Detector Paper/Kits
M8 Chemical Agent Detector Paper. M8 paper is used to detect the presence of liquid V type nerve, G type nerve, and H type blister agents. When a sheet is brought in contact with liquid nerve or blister agents, it reacts with chemicals in the paper to produce agent-specific color changes. The paper is blotted on a suspected liquid agent and observed for a color change (liquid agent absorption). V type nerve agents turn the paper dark green; G type nerve agents turn it yellow, and blister agents (H) turn it red. The paper cannot be used to detect chemical agents in water, vapor, or aerosols. The primary users include all services.
M9 Chemical Agent Detector Paper. M9 paper is placed on personnel and equipment to identify the presence of liquid chemical agent aerosols. It will turn pink, red, reddish brown, or red-purple when exposed to liquid agents. It can detect (but not identify) the specific agent. As soon as it indicates the presence of chemical agents, protective action must be taken. The primary users include all services.
M256A1 Chemical Agent Detector Kits. The M256A1 is a portable, expendable item that is capable of detecting and identifying hazardous concentrations of chemical agents. It is used after a chemical attack to determine if it is safe to unmask or reduce the protective posture level. It also determines the type of agent present and helps confirm the presence or absence of hazardous concentrations of an agent. Each kit can be used to test for blister agents, blood agents, nerve agents, and lewisite. Each test spot or detecting tablet develops a distinctive color that indicates whether a chemical agent is or is not present in the air. The primary users include all services.