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Automated External Defibrillator

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ObjectsHazardsPossible Controls
Location / accessibility
  • Device is locked away
  • Device is too far from incident to be retrieved within response time
  • Device is not visible
  • Ensure Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is readily accessible (i.e. not locked in a cupboard or in an individuals office)
  • Ensure AED is located near to tasks that it is identified as a control measure for
  • Ensure sufficient AEDs are procured to provide coverage at the workplace they are identified as a control measure for
  • Ensure that the AED is clearly marked and highly visible
  • Ensure AED is not located behind obscuring structures (e.g. pillars, plants)
  • Ensure AED is at a convenient height for access and near eye level for easy identification
  • Use signage to identify throughout the workplace where the closest AED is
  • AED battery is flat and does not work as designed
  • AED pads have expired
  • AED does not operate when used
  • Refer to manufacturers instructions for maintenance
  • Conduct inspections of  the AED on a regular basis to determine it is in working order
  • Replace AED or components as required
  • Workers are unaware of what an AED is
  • Workers are unaware where an AED may be accessed
  • Staff untrained in procedures for AED use
  • Conduct AED awareness training (this could be done during induction or at toolbox meetings)
  • Use appropriate information systems to increase awareness of the locations and purpose of AEDs (intranet, notice board, email)
  • Use appropriate signage to identify where AEDs can be found