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Printed From: Association of First Aiders
Category: First Aid FAQ
Forum Name: First Aid Provision in the Workplace
Forum Discription: FAQs relating to the workplace
Printed Date: 20 May 2019 at 12:42am
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Topic: Defibrillators
Posted By: Patrick Spry
Subject: Defibrillators
Date Posted: 27 May 2008 at 3:04pm

Should I provide a defibrillator for use in the workplace?

As an employer, you will need to carry out an assessment of first aid needs appropriate to the circumstances of the workplace. There is no legal bar to employers making a defibrillator available in the workplace if the assessment of first aid needs indicates such equipment is required.

The Health and Safety (First-Aid) Regulations 1981 do not prevent someone who is specially trained from taking action beyond the initial management of a casualty. It is important that the person who will be required to use a defibrillator, usually a first aider, is appropriately trained. Courses in the use of defibrillators are available. Training providers offering such courses do not need approval from HSE for this purpose.

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