NUCLEAR, BIOLOGICAL, AND CHEMICAL (NBC) DECONTAMINATION CONTINUED
Detailed decontamination procedures can be found in FM 3-3, FM 3-4, and FM 3-5.
The following emergency procedures can be performed until field NBC decontamination facilities are available.
If NBC attack is known or suspected, mask at once and continue mission. If inside, do not leave machine. If outside, follow
decontamination procedures below to avoid taking contaminates into the machine. Do not unmask until told to do so.
1. Nuclear Decontamination. Brush fallout from skin, clothing, and equipment with available brushes, rags, and tree
branches. Wash skin and have radiation check made as soon as tactical situation permits. You can find instructions for the
check in FM 3-5.
Biological Decontamination. The operator of the HMEE-I has no method to detect or decontaminate biological agents.
Remain masked and continue mission until told to unmask.
Do not use decontamination spray on personnel. It could cause injury to personnel.
Liquid Chemical Agent Decontamination. If exposure to liquid agent is known or suspected, clean exposed skin, cloth-
ing, and personal gear, in that order. Use the buddy system. Wash exposed skin and thoroughly decontaminate as soon as
tactical situation permits.
NBC contamination filters must be handled using adequate precautions (FM 3-3) and must be
disposed of by trained personnel.
Do not use decontaminants on eyes, mouth, or open wounds. This may cause injury to personnel.
Flush these areas with water.
Use the decontaminating apparatus as instructed on the apparatus or in the technical manual. If a
chemical agent monitor or other appropriate chemical agent detection device is not available,
remain in full Mission-Oriented Protection Posture (MOPP) until safe levels are verified. Failure to
follow these warnings could result in injury or death to personnel.
Decontamination procedures take time. Do as much as you can based on the tactical situation.
If decontamination apparatus is available, use the decontamination apparatus to decontaminate the following areas:
1. Control handles, levers, and switches used to operate the machine.
If decontamination apparatus is not available, use soap and water.