ABSTRACT

Nerve Agents: Tabun (GA), Sarin (GB), Soman (GD), and VX Chemical Protocol   [open pdf - 76KB]

"Nerve agents are the most toxic of the known chemical warfare agents. They are chemically similar to organophosphate pesticides and exert their biological effects by inhibiting acetylcholinesterase enzymes. G-type agents are clear, colorless, and tasteless liquids that are miscible in water and most organic solvents. GB [Sarin] is odorless and is the most volatile nerve agent; however, it evaporates at about the same rate as water. GA [Tabun] has a slightly fruity odor, and GD [Soman] has a slight camphor-like odor. VX is a clear, amber-colored, odorless, oily liquid. It is miscible with water and soluble in all solvents. It is the least volatile nerve agent."

Publisher:
Date:
2000
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Sevices: http://www.hhs.gov/gulfoilspill/
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pdf
Media Type:
application/pdf
Source:
Managing Hazardous Materials Incidents, Volume 3
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