Cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. Although no national regulatory framework exists that makes defibrillators mandatory, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) legislation states that it is the employer’s responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for workers. Here are three reasons why your workplace needs a defibrillator.
1. Defibrillator Awareness
There are now many people pushing for defibrillators to be a mandatory requirement. In 2018, the Queensland Government has made defibrillators mandatory for all reef tourist vessels¹. Major supermarket chains like Woolworths² and Coles³ are proactively rolling out defibrillators to all their stores nationwide. Australians everywhere are campaigning for them to be mandatory in schools, gyms and at the workplace⁴. More communities and businesses than ever before are proactively treating defibrillators as essential and government grants like the Caravan Park Defib Subsidy are reflecting this sentiment.
Given the increasing awareness around the need for defibrillators, a defibrillator in the workplace demonstrates a genuine concern for the safety of your workers. It’s not a mandatory requirement unlike fire extinguishers or safety signs that you are required by law to have. However, this means that having a defibrillator shows you are going above and beyond to keep your workers safe.
2. Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere
Did you know that only one in five4 NSW workplaces have a defibrillator? First aid kits are there when accidents happen. Fire extinguishers are there when fires break out. What about when a cardiac arrest crisis happens?
A defibrillator doubles the cardiac arrest survival rate if it is administered t and the first shock is delivered within 5 minutes⁴.
The survival rate triples if the defibrillator is administered and the first shock is delivered within 3 minutes⁴.
A defibrillator can make the difference between life and death.
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3. AED Defibrillators are easy to use
Defibrillators are simple and easy to use. Defibrillators are safe too. Someone with a normal heart rhythm won’t be shocked by the defibrillator because it only delivers a shock if it detects a shockable heart rhythm. Unlike the administration of first aid which requires specialised training, workers only need to know where the defibrillator is located and to follow the directions that are displayed on the defibrillator.
In fact, WorkSafe VIC guidance states that “anyone with access to an automated external defibrillator (AED) can safely step in to handle a cardiac arrest crisis, knowing they cannot cause greater harm to the patient but may save their life⁶”. WorkSafe Health and Safety Executive Director, Julie Nielsen, has also stated that "anyone can use an AED. You do not need specialised training, but you do need access to one to save a life⁶". Everyone in the workplace can take ownership when it comes to safety by knowing where the nearest defibrillator is located.
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More and more workplaces are getting defibrillators to make workers feel safer to be prepared when cardiac arrest happens. If your workplace doesn’t have a defibrillator yet, isn’t it time to consider one?