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M8 Chemical Detection Paper


The M8 Chemical Detection Paper is liquid nerve agent detector and a liquid blister agent detector. It is part of the M256A1 Chemical Agent Detection Kit.

  • Quantity: 20 per book


This is the M8 Chemical Detection Paper.

The M8 booklet of chemical detector paper contains (25) M8 sheets. Each page has three sensitive indicator dyes on the page. When hazmat responders bring a sheet 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.

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


Hazmat responders use the M8 by tearing out a sheet and attaching it to clothing, or some other surface. This way, the hazmat responders can expose it to drops of chemical liquid splash. Hazmat responders can also place the paper in contact with a liquid that they suspect is contaminated. If colored spots appear, a chemical agent is present.

Hazmat responders cannot use the M8 Paper to detect chemical agents in water, or aerosol agents in the air. It does not detect vapors.

This product meets the requirements for the California Standardized Equipment List
SEL 1.1.9 TEST STRIPS, WMD CHEMICAL, Kit: Military grade detection papers for field testing of liquids only:
(i.e. “M-8” paper booklet of 25 sheets, which are also part of the M256A1 Kit, for nerve agents GA, GB, GD, GF VX and blister agents L, H, HD). Strip turns to one of four colors.
– Or –
(i.e. “3-WAY” adhesive paper booklet of 12 sheets; for some nerve agents, blister agents). Strip turns to one of three colors

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Additional information

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 in