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AED (Automatic External Defibrillator)

Thank you for wanting to place an AED (Automatic External Defibrillator) in the community. On September 8, 2015, SB 658 was signed into law. This bill revised several of the laws regarding civil liability for placement and use of AEDs in the community.

AB 658 provides that a person or entity that acquires an AED for emergency use is not liable for any civil damages resulting from the use of an AED to provide emergency care if that person or entity does all of the following:

  • Comply with all regulations governing the placement of an AED;
  • Notify the local EMS agency of the existence, location and type of AED;
  • Maintain and test the AED according to the manufacturer’s guidelines;
  • Test the AED at least twice a year and after each use;
  • Inspect all AEDs on the premises at least every 90 days; and
  • Maintain records of the maintenance and testing of the AED as required by the statute.

The following are no longer required to place an AED in the community

  • Medical Oversight (Physician approval) is no longer required to purchase, place or use an AED
  • CPR certification and training of at least one employee during business hours is no longer required.

We have updated our PAD program to reflect these changes. Please do not hesitate to contact the PAD coordinator at 925-646-4690 with any questions. Please review the checklist