PNNL have released a series of videos to help responders sample correctly:

Video Description: Use of a commercially available protein and pH test kit for screening a powder sample is demonstrated. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shown is just for demonstration purposes. Actual required PPE will depend on the specific situation.

Video Description: Use of a commercially available polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system for screening a powder sample is demonstrated.  The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shown is just for demonstration purposes. Actual required PPE will depend on the specific situation.


Video Description: Use of a commercially available handheld immunoassay for screening a powder sample is demonstrated.  The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shown is just for demonstration purposes. Actual required PPE will depend on the specific situation.


Video Description: The Georgia 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team (4th WMD-CST) demonstrates the ASTM standard practice for bulk sample collection and swab sample collection of visible powders suspected of being biothreat agents from nonporous surfaces.  Note that this is only a demonstration and required personal protective equipment (PPE) is not being worn.

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