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ST JOHN Ambulance Qld is announcing plans to work closely with local businesses after new research revealed that 81% of people in Queensland want Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to be made mandatory in the workplace.
A Galaxy Research representative survey of 1000 adults showed that just under one quarter (24%) of workplaces have an AED installed, with two-thirds (75%) of employees having received no training in how to use one.
The findings come as Australia enters National Safe Work Month, aiming to improve awareness of work health and safety measures currently practiced by employers.
St John Ambulance Queensland CEO Alex Hutton said having a defibrillator on site and an adequate number of trained first aiders is the best way to ensure employees are safe in the event of a workplace emergency.
“While a defibrillator is not compulsory, it is a vital piece of emergency first aid equipment and the only definitive first aid treatment for cardiac arrest. Safe and healthy workplaces can also boost staff morale, lower levels of absenteeism and encourage higher organisational commitment.”