Automated External Defibrillators: Essential for Workplace Safety
Years ago, when fire was a common workplace hazard, employers were
required to provide fire extinguishers. Today, death from a workplace fire is
rare. But sudden cardiac arrest remains a major threat, killing 365,000 people
in North America each year.
According to Occupational Safety and Health
Administration statistics, 13 percent of all workplace fatalities today are
attributed to sudden cardiac arrest. The good news is that it's often
treatable, if defibrillation is provided quickly. Once sudden cardiac arrest
occurs, the victim can often be revived using shock from an automated external
defibrillator (AED) - but the chance of a successful AED rescue diminishes by
approximately 10 percent with every minute that passes. That means that by the
time an ambulance with an AED arrives, it is often too late.
American Heart Association estimates that with greater availability of AEDs in
places where people work and gather, some 40,000 lives a year could be saved
each year in the U.S.
alone. Having an AED on hand, instead of waiting for that ambulance to arrive can
literally make the difference between life and death.
Visit the Safety Resources section of www.asa.net
to read these other standards and for information on AEDs, increasing AED
awareness at your business and establishing a “Chain of Survival” to address
sudden cardiac arrest in the workplace. Also found there is a Toolbox
Talk for use in educating your employees on this important safety
Path to Safety - Step 20
February 1, 2011