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If liquid present, decontaminate hands, put on gloves.

Fasten and adjust NBC IPE.

Defecation and Female Urination Procedure

Remove equipment, hang up or place on uncontaminated surface.

Release jacket waist velcro fasteners.

If liquid present, decontaminate gloves and jacket pocket.

Raise jacket hem above trouser waistband and secure in position by applying waistband velcro to pocket velcros.

Untie braces, pull clear of loops, tie ends together.

Release trouser waist velcro fasteners.

Pull down IPE trousers to knees.

If liquid present, decontaminate gloves, remove outers and inners. Store gloves in jacket pocket.

Take out toilet paper.

Adjust inner clothing so it will not touch outside of IPE.

Crouch, reach behind and pull braces to one side.

Defecate/Urinate - Wipe.

Stand up.

Adjust inner clothing, refasten braces through loops.

If liquid present, decontaminate hands, put on gloves.

Adjust IPE, secure velcro.

◉ Note:

(1) Toilet paper, ST/tampons must be kept readily available but protected from contamination, e.g., shirt pocket.

(2) Obtain variations for use in arctic conditions from your NBC NCO.


Practise the procedures for urinating and defecating in IPE.


You have to be able to:

a. Know when you must change your respirator canister.

b. Be able to change your canister.

Study Notes

The canister will filter chemical and biological agents and radioactive dust. On declaration of a NBC threat you will be issued with 2 sealed canisters, one for use and one spare stowed in your haversack. The protective seal is not to be removed until immediately before the canister is to be put on the respirator. There are 4 occasions when you must decide for yourself to change the canister:

a. If you feel the effects of chemical agent when wearing a properly fitted, functioning respirator.

b. If resistance to breathing becomes excessive.

c. If the canister is immersed in water (eg, on crossing a river).

d. If the canister is badly damaged or rattles when shaken.

There may be other occasions when you will be ordered to change your canister eg, after 3 weeks occasional exposure to chemical agents, 6 direct chemical attacks or 4 months wear.

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