Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

AEDs are portable electronic devices designed to assess the heart’s rhythm and if needed, automatically recommends whether or not an electric shock should be delivered to correct the heart rhythm. These devices allow trained people to provide life-saving defibrillation to victims of cardiac arrest (cessation of a heartbeat, usually due to a heart attack). The American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) recommends placement when practical, of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in workplace locations to allow initiation of resuscitation and use of the AED (the so-called “drop to shock” interval) within 5 minutes of recognized cardiac arrest.

What you need to know

  • AEDs are generally located in the majority of University buildings near the elevator or lobby area. For specific building locations, please click on the Find the location of AEDs on campus link
  • The Police and Public Safety officers carry AEDs in their vehicles for first responder situations
  • To request an AED for your building or training, please complete a safety service request
  • Whenever an AED is used, tampered with, or a cabinet alarm is sounding, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety office as soon as possible


The Environmental Health and Safety Office offers the following services:

  • Consultative regulatory review
  • Purchase authorization
  • Signage
  • Equipment testing and calibration
  • Inspections
  • Training