On-Site AED Programs are Good for Business
The cost of recruiting an employee and getting him or her “up to speed” with your organization’s systems and the responsibilities of their role is considerable when you factor in human resources time for writing and placing recruitment ads, interviewing by HR and others, and overtime expenses for employees who are covering a former colleague’s responsibilities. A death in the workplace can have a huge impact on other employees, with negative effects on productivity, and increased time off work and use of medical resources.
Today’s workers are searching for employers that offer rewarding work and benefits as well as additional perks, such as on-site health facilities, day care options and other added-value options. An on-site AED program can round out the balance of benefits a company provides its employees and enhance recruitment efforts while contributing to overall employee engagement in workplace programs.
In the U.S., Good Samaritan laws in all 50 states give some immunity to lay people who help others having a medical emergency. Many states now mandate AEDs in certain locations, such as schools and health clubs. Become informed about the laws regulating AEDs in your state. Your company’s legal counsel can advise you about the laws in your state.