Similar to fire extinguishers, defibs should not be locked away in a cupboard and should be easily accessible to everyone. Conducting a site assessment of your workplace should be the first step when determining where to place your AED. A site assessment offers your best glimpse into response times during an actual emergency situation. Time is critical when sudden cardiac arrest happens.
Start by identifying any “high risk” areas such as workspaces where there is a risk of electric shock or asphyxiation, any areas where health compromised individuals are present on a regular basis, or where there is a high volume of people.
Never place AEDs in offices or areas which may be locked while there are still workers in the building. AEDs should be accessible to all personnel at all times. Select an accessible and visible location and install clear signage. Do not place the AED unit in a locked cupboard in a room away from common areas.