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Automatic Electronic Defibrillators

Occupational Health has reviewed the issue of the university’s generic need for AED’s and has concluded that while they serve a purpose they are not a university requirement.

While assessing the risk and understanding the requirement to manage that risk, to undertake this action centrally, poses considerable managerial and logistical difficulties. The university is multi campus and it would require the creation of zones for each AED to cover, the practical portability around those Zones and the time it would take to attend all the area of the zone from the storage point. To ensure that there are sufficient trained staff to be able to effectively utilise this equipment and guarantee that sufficient numbers of those trained staff are available throughout the university each working day will be very problematic and engage the Health Centre in activities in which it has no control. In conjunction with this there will be the purchase, maintenance and testing of all the equipment and ancillaries to ensure they are appropriately stocked and ready for use, this is again a significant administrative and costly undertaking.

The Health Centre is not aware of data within the university that would justify through a risk based assessment the centralisation of this service and equipment.

It is recognised that some areas will have a higher risk than others and upon their assessment it may be deemed appropriate. Should any school/directorate or section consider deploying an AED for their use, the health centre has developed guidance to assist in measuring the need and also what to consider to initiate and maintain the service. This guidance can be found on the page at: