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NEWS | Feb. 24, 2023

NVD: Handle Screen with Care

BLUF: The NVD TM includes a warning about potentially toxic material.

Photo by Spc. Daniel Parrott
The night vision device (NVD) AN/PVS-14, NSN 5855-01-432-0524, is great piece of equipment to have in the field. But it can also pack a dangerous punch if not used properly. It uses phosphor, a hazardous material, to operate. It’s only toxic if mishandled.
As a warning in TM 11-5855-306-23&P (Jul 14) states, the presence of phosphor in the monocular device’s screen means extra care is needed in handling. Read and heed the following paraphrased guidance from the TM:
  • A broken image intensifier assembly may be caused from damage to the monocular assembly, especially if the monocular housing is cracked by force. If an image intensifier assembly breaks, avoid inhaling the phosphor screen material.
  • Don’t allow the phosphor screen material to come into contact with your mouth or open wounds on the skin. If it touches your skin, immediately wash it off with soap and water.
  • If you accidentally inhale or swallow any phosphor screen material, drink plenty of water, induce vomiting and seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Follow the instructions in all the cautions and warnings in the TM. Handle your NVD carefully and it will serve you safely.
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