For decontaminating skin, each Seabee receives the
M258A1 kit in a hard plastic case. Avoid getting
If symptoms appear, seek medical attention as soon as
possible. The kit is normally attached to the protective
mask carrier or the load-bearing equipment (LBE). It
contains three sets of foil-packaged towelettes saturated
with different decontaminating solutions. These
solutions neutralize most nerve and blister agents.
Protect the kit from temperatures above 110°F
(43°C) and below 32°F (0°C). The solutions are
flammable and unstable in storage at temperatures
above 110°F (43°C) or for prolonged periods of time in
Shelter is necessary to prevent further con-
tamination during the decontamination process. If no
overhead cover is available, throw a poncho or shelter
half over your head before beginning decontamination.
Figure 9-2.--M258A1 skin decontamination kit.
Do not let the solution from the M258A1
UNIDENTIFIED CHEMICAL AGENTS.-- In
kit get in your eyes!
most cases, the individuals are not able to identify the
chemical agent used in the attack. When exposed to an
NERVE AGENTS.-- If you are told that your pupils
enemy chemical attack while dressed in chemical
are getting very small or if you are having trouble
protective clothing and equipment, he or she is not
breathing and your chest feels tight, use the atropine
normally concerned with immediate decontamination.
When the skin of an individual becomes
contaminated, it must be decontaminated immediately.
symptoms of nerve agent poisoning. But, most
importantly, it will check the more serious effects of
nerve agent sickness. The injectors are antidotes, not a
individual performs the decon by using M258A1 skin
preventive device; therefore, only use the injectors when
decon kit (fig. 9-2). This kit is designed for chemical
you actually experience symptoms of nerve agent
poisoning. (See fig. 9-3.) The directions for use are as
incapacitated, another person must perform the
decontamination so that he can survive.
1. Put on the protective mask.
Figure 9-3.--Nerve agent antidote kit (NAAK), Mark I.