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Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) Simulant Project - FY 07

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  • Provide stakeholders with a method to estimate the permeation resistance of PPE material to HD and GB agents using liquid simulant chemicals and develop an ASTM test method as a supplement to ASTM.
Chemical Warfare Agent (C W A) Test method diagram

Applicable Standards

  • ASTM F 739

Key Partners

  • U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command
    • Edgewood Chemical Biological Center; APG, MD
    • Natick Soldier Center; Natick, MA
  • National Institute for Standards and Technology


  • International Safety Equipment Association
  • Personal Protective Equipment Manufacturers
  • National Fire Protection Association
  • ASTM

Project Scope

  • Conduct research to Identify simulants and laboratory procedures that can be used by manufacturers for estimating CWA permeation through barrier materials used in PPE


  • 1Q FY07 - Complete external peer review of NIOSH Scientific Info Product
  • 3Q FY07 - Revise NIOSH Scientific Info Product
  • 4Q FY07 - Publish NIOSH Scientific Info Product


  • Manuscript: D. Rivin, R.S. Lindsay, W.J. Shuely, A. Rodriguez, Liquid permeation through nonporous barrier materials, Journal of Membrane Science 246 (2005) 39-47.
  • NIOSH Scientific Info Product entitled, "Estimating Permeation Resistance of Nonporous Barrier Polymers to Sulfur Mustard (HD) and Sarin (GB) Chemical Warfare Agents Using Liquid Simulants"; anticipated 4Q FY07


  • Provide manufacturers alternate test methods using simulants
  • Allow manufacturers ability to screen materials for use without conducting tests with warfare agents.
Page last modified: July 23, 2007
Page last reviewed: July 23, 2007 (archived document)
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)