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M8 Chemical Detection Paper

The M8 Chemical Detection Paper is used to detect the presence of liquid nerve (V and G types) and blister (H-) chemical agents.

The M8 booklet is made up of 25 pages. The pages are perforated for easy removal. The book is heat-sealed in a polyethylene envelope.

Each page has three sensitive indicator dyes. When a page is brought into contact with liquid that contains nerve or blister agents, the indicator dyes in the paper react with the agents to produce colored dots. The color indicates the type of agent present.

NSN #: 6665-00-050-8529

M8 is used by tearing out a sheet and attaching it to clothing, or some other surface so it can be exposed to drops of chemical liquid splash. The paper may also be placed in contact with a liquid that is suspected of contamination. If colored spots appear, a chemical agent is present.

M8 Paper cannot be used to detect chemical agents in water or aerosol agents in the air. It does not detect vapors. It is best suited for non-porous materials.

In 2012, the State of California’s FIRESCOPE Standardized Equipment List , listed the M8 as a required item for emergency and Hazmat first responders.

There is a color chart inside the front cover of the booklet to help identify the agent detected. The colors indicate the following:

Yellow – G-type Nerve Agents
Red – H-type Blister Agents
Dark Green – V-type Nerve Agents
M8 Paper can be purchased as a single book, a box of 50 books, or by the case. A case includes 20 boxes of 50 books, or 1000 books total.

How is the kit used?

Simply detach a sheet of M8 paper from the M8 book and attach to clothing or surface.
There are three sensitive indicator dyes suspended in the paper matrix. When a sheet is brought into contact with liquid nerve or blister agents, the agents react with chemicals in the paper to produce agent-specific color changes. Compare the contact results to determine the type of agent with the color chart inside the front cover of the booklet.

M8 paper may also be used to detect liquid contamination by placing the paper in contact
with the suspect surface. M8 does not detect chemical agents in water, aerosols or vapors.

Straightforward detection

M8 paper detects liquid chemical agents on non-porous materials and surfaces.

Manufactured in books of 25 chemically-treated paper sheets. Each book is heat-sealed in a polyethylene envelope and every sheet of paper is perforated for
easy removal. Best suited for non-porous materials such as clothing and surfaces.

No hassle shipping

Shipping is via UPS Ground. No HAZMAT packaging or labeling required.

Budget friendly

Minimum order 10 books. Price of shipping not included.

Shelf-life up to 10 years

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