AN/PDR-27 radiac set
present is to put on your mask and sound the alarm. Next, evacuate troops
in the area.
Chemical agents can contaminate food and food containers.
Most chemical agents change the taste, the smell, or the appearance of food
as shown in Figure 1-21. However, it is important to remember that food may
become very poisonous without any change in appearance, taste, or smell.
Food service personnel should NEVER taste food to test it for chemical
Ensure that your unit is equipped with the M-4382 automatic
(Figure 1-23). They detect the presence of toxic chemicals in an area. The
chemical agent monitor (CAM) currently is being fielded as the primary Army
chemical point detector.
Also, your unit should have chemical agent
detector paper (ABC M8 and M9) that detects and identifies agents on food,
containers, personnel, and equipment.
Chemical agents in water can be
detected with the M272 detector kit. Maximum allowable concentrations are
in TB Med 577 (Occupational and Environmental Health: Sanitary Control and
Surveillance of Field Water Supplies).