Friday, February 6, 2009

Workplace AED (Automated External Defibrilators)

Automated external defibrillators are medical devices designed to analyze a heart rhythm and deliver an electric shock to victims when indicated, thereby restoring the heart rhythm to normal. OSHA is encouraging employers to make this equipment available in their workplaces.

Public access defibrillation programs that place automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in areas where cardiac arrests may occur can reduce the response time up to three to five minutes. The following references provide information for establishing an effective AED program in the workplace.
  • Working Against Time. American Heart Association (AHA), (2003), 504 KB PDF, 12 pages. Summarizes the importance of AEDs and training in saving lives, as well as an overview of the steps necessary to implement an AED program.
  • Guidelines for Public Access Defibrillation Programs in Federal Facilities. Federal Occupational Health (FOH) Notice 66.100, (2001, May 23). Provides a general framework for initiating a design process for public access defibrillation (PAD) programs in federal facilities.
  • Automated External Defibrillator Program. Federal Occupational Health (FOH). Offers a variety of information on how to establish an AED program, existing programs, and answers to frequently asked questions about AEDs.
  • Automated External Defibrillators Save Lives! American Red Cross of Central Maryland. Includes information on how AEDs work, training programs, and establishing an AED program at your facility.
  • AED Programs. Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association (SCAA). Provides an overview of sudden cardiac arrest with links to information on impact of AEDs, legal considerations, community program components, on-site AED programs, and examples of successful programs.
  • For additional information on workplace safety and health programs, see National Safety Compliance's Homepage