Domestic Preparedness: Sarin Vapor Challenge and Corn Oil Protection Factor (PF) Testing of Powered Air Purifying Respirator (PAPR) Systems and Cartridges
Final rept. Mar 1999
EDGEWOOD CHEMICAL BIOLOGICAL CENTER ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The first objective of the task was to determine the protection potential of the PAPRs against the organophosphorus nerve agent, Sarin GB. GB is the standard nerve agent used in military testing. It is the most volatile of the nerve agents and hence more suitable for vapor testing. There are presently no standardized qualification procedures developed for these types of applications. Therefore, a draft version of procedures developed by the U.S. Army Chemical Agent Safety and Health Policy Action Committee CASHPAC, and methods and requirements established by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health NIOSH were used as guides in developing the test procedures used for the DP applications. The test procedures are described in subsequent sections of this report. The testing was done by Chemical Evaluation Laboratory, Surety Team, Engineering Directorate. The second objective was to perform Protection Factor PF testing of the PAPR systems being challenged by a corn oil aerosol. This is a standard Army procedure used by all military services. The testing was done by the Mask Fit Test Facility, Non-Surety Team, Engineering Directorate.
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare