Under the Defibrillator Public Access Act, specific public places were identified as being required to have an AED in place by January 31, 2014. These locations were selected based on expert advice from paramedics and the Heart and Stroke Foundation in Manitoba, 911 data and public consultations. For universities and colleges, AEDs are mandatory for athletic facilities such as gyms, arenas and other indoor athletic facilities. The University’s Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management has had an AED program in place for several years.
Many other faculties and units have chosen to voluntarily install automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in their areas. As per direction from Alan Scott, the University’s Chief Risk Officer, these faculties or units will then be responsible for all costs associated with the AED, including installation, posting of signage, maintenance and/or repair costs, monthly inspections, and sending annual reports as requested by the Occupational Health Coordinator.
The University requires each faculty or unit to have some staff trained in First Aid/CPR and available during normal working hours to assist in the event that an AED needs to be used. The number of trained staff should be consistent with the Province’s requirements for the number of first aiders in a workplace - 1 first aider for up to 100 workers, 2 first aiders for between 100 &00 200 workers, and 3 first aiders for more than 200 workers. . A faculty or unit may choose to exceed these minimums.
Environmental Health and Safety of Risk Management and Security has established and will maintain a registry of AED’s on both University Campuses and all satellite locations.