2-18. NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL (NBC) DECONTAMINATION PROCEDURES
Detailed decon procedures can be found in: FM 3-3, FM 3-4, and FM 3-5.
Decon procedures take time. Do as much as you can based on the tactical situation.
General The following emergency procedures can be performed until field NBC decon facilities are available.
Emergency Procedures: If NBC attack is known or suspected Mask at once and continue mission If outside,
follow decon procedures below to avoid taking contamination into controlled area Do not unmask until told to do so.
Nuclear decontamination. Brush fallout from skin, clothing, and equipment with available brushes, rags,
and tree branches Wash skin and have radiation check made as soon as tactical situation permits.
Biological decontamination Remain masked and continue mission until told to unmask
Do not use decontamination spray on personnel It could cause personal injury.
Chemical detection and decontamination:
Use M8 paper from the M256 Chemical Agent Detector Kit or M9 paper to determine If liquid agent is
present on the equipment
If exposure to liquid agent is known or suspected, clean exposed skin, clothing, personal gear, and
equipment, in that order using M258A1 kit. Use the buddy system. Wash exposed skin and thoroughly decontaminate
as soon as tactical situation permits.
If the M8 or M9 paper indicates that liquid chemical agent is present on the equipment, use the
NBCM 1I decon apparatus for decon of equipment