OSHA Requirements for AED

by Forest Time; Updated September 26, 2017
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An automated external defibrillator, or AED, is a device that can be used to restart a normal heart rhythm in a case when someone is experiencing sudden cardiac arrest. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration, the government agency responsible for ensuring workplace safety, recommends that businesses have an AED in the workplace and personnel who are trained to use it.

No OSHA Statutes

OSHA does not have any legally-binding statutes governing the use or presence of defibrillators in the workplace, though it does require that workplaces employ people trained in first-aid care and in CPR if the workplace is not in close proximity to a hospital or other health care facility. While OSHA recommends that workplaces consider purchasing a defibrillator as part of their first-aid kit and training employees in their use, there is no requirement to do so.

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