Public Access AEDs
Public Access Automatic External Defibrillators (PADs) are an integral part of the cardiac arrest chain of survival.
This page will help you decide whether you are mandated to have an on-site AED and provide reference for the necessary application and reporting processes involved.
Who needs an on-site PAD?
In 2003, all public school districts and charter schools became mandated by NYS Education Law to provide AEDs at their locations in accordance with the PAD program.
NYS General Business Law requires that any health club with a membership of 500 or more provide AEDs at their locations in accordance with the PAD program.
In 2005, NYS Public Buildings Law was amended to require public institutions and buildings of the state to equip each such building with an AED. This must be done in accordance with the PAD program.
Venues that accommodate occupancies in excess of 1,000 people must be equipped with an AED. This does not apply to religious organizations, granges, public associations, or free libraries. One employee must be on site to operate the AED at all times.
In 2008, Public Health Law was amended to require public surf beaches requiring life guards to also be equipped with AEDs in accordance with the PAD program.
Some municipalities have enacted additional requirements for certain organizations or locations. For instance, in Westchester County, the Town of Greenburgh requires all nursing home and adult care facilities to have AEDs on their premises. In the County of Suffolk, all health clubs, regardless of size, are required to have AEDs at their facilities. It is advised that organizations that service a specialty group category, ie recreation/sports, elder care, special needs populations, etc., should contact their local municipality to ensure that additional requirements are not enforced in your area.