AEDs Part of OSHA’s Safety Mission

Automated external defibrillator (AED) awareness is an important part of the safety mission of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Back in 1970, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was created to assure safe and healthful working conditions for working men and women by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

Today the American Heart Association (AHA) and OSHA work together to share best practices and technical knowledge on the prevention, management of risk factors, recognition of warning signs, and actions for early treatment related to heart disease and stroke.

OSHA offers these simple but compelling reasons for AEDs in the workplace:

  • Workers may suffer sudden cardiac arrest while on the job
  • Onsite AEDs save precious treatment time, and can improve survival odds because they can be used before emergency medical service (EMS) personnel arrive
  • A heart rhythm in ventricular fibrillation may only be restored to normal by an electric shock
  • The AED is compact, lightweight, portable, battery operated and safe
  • In mock cardiac arrest, untrained sixth-grade children were able to use AEDs without difficulty
  • Automated external defibrillators are effective, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive

More information can be found in the following OSHA publications:

Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace
Automated External Defibrillators (http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3185.pdf)

Cardiac Arrest and Automated External Defibrillators http://www.osha.gov/dts/tib/tib_data/tib20011217.pdf