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Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

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Standards

OSHA standards do not specifically address automated external defibrillators (AEDs). However exposures to first-aid hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry. This section highlights various OSHA standards and documents related to AEDs.

OSHA Standards
General Industry (29 CFR 1910)
Related Information
Subpart K – Medical and First Aid 1910.151, Medical services and first aid
Subpart Z – Toxic and Hazardous Substances 1910.1030, Bloodborne pathogens
Maritime (29 CFR 1915, 1917, 1918)
Related Information
1915 Subpart F – General Working Conditions 1915.87, Medical services and first aid
1915 Subpart Z – General Working Conditions 1915.1030, Bloodborne pathogens

*See General Industry Standards (29 CFR 1910) listed above. The requirements of 1915.1030 are identical to those set forth at 1910.1030.

Construction Industry (29 CFR 1926)
Related Information
Subpart D – Occupational Health and Environmental Controls 1926.50, Medical services and first aid
Additional Directives

Note: The "Directives" bullets above link to directives related to each OSHA standard. The directives in this list provide additional information that is not necessarily connected to a specific OSHA standard highlighted on this Safety and Health Topics page.

  • Updated Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1030. CPL 02-02-069 [CPL 2-2.69], (November 27, 2001). Employers will not be cited if they have not offered the Hepatitis B vaccination series to an employee whose only exposure to blood would be responding to injuries resulting from workplace incidents as long as this was only a collateral duty of the employee and certain other requirements have been met. Members of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Team would also fall under this category if the same conditions exist.
State Standards

There are twenty-eight OSHA-approved State Plans, operating state-wide occupational safety and health programs. State Plans are required to have standards and enforcement programs that are at least as effective as OSHA's and may have different or more stringent requirements.

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