OSHA Regulations and AEDs
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the duty of assuring safe and sanitary working conditions for men and woman. As a part of the US Department of Labor, OSHA enforces standards by providing training and assistance. The main priority of the OSHA inspection is to monitor hazardous situations in which death or serious physical harm could occur. Located in OSHA 3185-09N 2003 are the ways that OSHA believes survival from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) can be attained.
Reasons for AEDs in the workplace:
- 5% of cardiac arrests happen at work
- Waiting for the EMS results in only 5-7% survival rate
- SCA can only be cured with an electric shock
- Employees can be easily trained to save a life
Although OSHA standards do not specifically address Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs), they do address exposures to first-aid hazards. OSHA provides information regarding occupational risk factors and the use of AEDs in the workplace in order to raise SCA awareness.
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