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 Public Access AEDs

Public Access Automatic External Defibrillators (PADs) are an integral part of the cardiac arrest chain of survival.  

PAD Notice of Intent  •  PAD Collaborative Agreement  •  PAD Sample Policy  •  PAD Location Form


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. 

Early Access

Recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system

Early CPR

Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions

Early Defibrillation

Early AED defibrillation

Early Advanced Care

Advanced life support and post-cardiac arrest care

Who needs an on-site PAD?

Public Schools § 1 of the Education Law

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.

Health Clubs General Business Law § 627-A

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.

Public Buildings Title 9 of Executive Law Subtitle G§ 303.1

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.

Places of Public Assembly PHL § 225-5(b)

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.

Public Surf Beaches with Lifeguards PHL § 225-5(c)

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.

Local Municipal Requirements

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.