Building  Owners  and  Managers  Association  International

Building Owners and Managers Association International

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS)


Legislation and regulatory action regulating the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public and private office buildings must provide immunity from civil liability for laypersons or Good Samaritans who acquire and use the devices on victims in perceived medical emergencies, whether trained or untrained, if acting in good faith.

The decision to establish a Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program and purchase the proper AED should be based on the particular needs of a company or other facility. To ensure that AEDs outside the emergency medical system are used as safely and effectively as possible, BOMA International recommends that any facility voluntarily choosing to obtain AEDs incorporate them into a PAD program.

Based on the recommendation of the American Heart Association, the key elements of a PAD program are: 1) training designated rescuers to perform CPR and use an AED; 2) having physician oversight to help ensure quality control; 3) integrating with the local emergency medical services (EMS) system; and, 4) using and maintaining AEDs according to the manufacturers specifications.

BOMA International believes governmental authorities should not mandate AEDs in public and private office buildings unless such mandates include funding for training and acquisition of the devices.


Today a new generation of defibrillators, called automated external defibrillators (AEDs), make it possible for trained lay rescuers to deliver defibrillation. The new AEDs are safe, effective, easy to use and relatively inexpensive. Having trained lay rescuers equipped with AEDs in settings where large numbers of people congregate saves precious minutes and improves survival rates for cardiac arrest victims. In addition to high-security companies, sports arenas, large hotels, concert halls, gated communities and sprawling manufacturing plants, other remote sites such as commercial office buildings can benefit from obtaining AEDs and training employees to use them as part of a public access defibrillation program.​​