Is Your Business Required to Have a Defibrillator (AED)?
AED LegislationDepending on your state and the nature of your business, you may be required to have an AED somewhere on your company's premises. Here are a few of the kinds of businesses that may be required to have AEDs:
- Gyms and health clubs. The Scripps Howard News Service reports that 14 states require AEDs in health clubs, although "most exempt spas in hotels."
- Dental offices. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Illinois requires dental offices which administer anesthesia to have an AED.
- Private schools. Some states, like Texas, require AEDs in all schools, including private and charter schools.
- Swimming pools. Depending on the local laws of your county or city, any swimming pool may be required to have an AED, or at least employees with AED training.
No Common Law Requirement for AEDBusiness owners may be worried that the absence of an AED could be a liability if a patron or employee has a cardiac event while on the business' premises. However, barring state or local laws to the contrary, there is no general common law duty for businesses to obtain or make available an AED. Unless your business is one that owes a special duty to its customers or clients (e.g., you're a medical provider, caretaker, etc.), your business also has no common law duty to rescue or perform emergency aid to customers or employees who experience heart attacks. It may sound grotesque, but your business could potentially be exposed to more liability by attempting to provide emergency aid. So consider these general legal principles when deciding if an AED is right for your business. For more guidance, get in touch with an experienced business attorney near you. If you haven't started your business yet, you can complete business formation documents from home with simple, DIY options customized for your state.
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