AED LAWS / Risk Management

AED Laws for Washington

Washington State Law (RCW 70.54.310) requires medical direction to a person or entity purchasing an AED to ensure proper training and use of the device. Registering your AED will help connect you with a medical director.



OSHA PDF  Saving Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims in the Workplace (AED) Automated External Defibrillators

Seattle and King County Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Site Documentation Form

A site visit is provided either by your local fire department or King County EMS to discuss:

  • Training guidelines
  • Post cardiac arrest event guidelines
  • Determine the number of AEDs and placement
  • Limited or open availability
    • Limited restricts access to the general public or limits access only to trained AED rescuers
    • Open accessibility is placing an AED so it is available to everyone
  • Secured or unsecured
  • Audio-visual alarm – activates lights and an audio alarm when the AED is removed
  • Automatic notification system – automatically notifies the local EMS/fire agency or in-house security
  • Assistance in completing AED registration forms and establishing procedures If an AED is used for a cardiac emergency, the following steps should be incorporated into your AED procedures:
    • Please contact the King County AED Program Manager at 206-263-8317 whenever the AED is opened and applied to a person. This is a critical step for you to take in helping EMS to improve care and treatment from sudden cardiac arrest, and thus increase the chances of survival.
    • Put the AED back in service by checking supplies-pads, towel, razor, gloves; check battery; and clean the AED.
    • Conduct an event review and provide emotional support to rescuers.

Substitute House Bill 1556 CPR/AED Instruction in High Schools 2013 Legislative Session Summary Medical Emergency Response Guidelines


WASBO Risk Management Committee Guidelines for Implementing an AED Program

Risk Management Essentials: A Self-Study Course for Medical Office Staf

By Roy MaurerMar 29, 2013

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