Working Conditions Act, Netherlands, to include DEA


Groningen, The Netherlands, June 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Citing the importance of AEDs for employees and workers, AED consultant Jeroen Camies from AEDmaster, says the time has come to integrate AEDs into our safe and healthy working environment throughout the Netherlands.

The AED or Automatic External Defibrillator is essential in every factory and office. But the 1999 law on working conditions has never made it compulsory.

Due to the continuing increase in sudden cardiac cases in the workplace, employers must have AEDs in their offices to provide a healthy work environment for all employees.

A research report by Hartstichting and HartslagNu concluded that there is a severe shortage of AEDs in the Netherlands. Few employers are aware of this. Installing AEDs on company premises can contribute to local safety and national AED coverage.

The Working Conditions Act provided for certain essential rules to ensure the safety of workers and employees in the workplace. For example, fire extinguishers, emergency exits and emergency response personnel should be present in the building.

“It’s ironic that the law doesn’t put much emphasis on the importance of placing AEDs in offices. More than 17,000 workers and employees suffer cardiac arrest each year. In many cases, a person can be saved by providing early, rapid, initial help with a defibrillator. Why does the government not encourage companies that have a DEA kopen by a subsidy? With this, the Dutch government does not take its responsibilities either ”, Jeroen Camies from AEDmaster explained.

A company should also hire a technician who can effectively operate AEDs in an emergency. Being an emergency medical device, a person with medical training and experience in the use of such devices should be designated. AEDs may differ in color, design and functions. Thus, the Working Conditions Act should include uniform guidelines and SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) for the use of AEDs.

In a crisis, training is the key to success. Proper training and expertise in handling AEDs can help the technician work with a cool head and save a patient in need of urgent emergency treatment. Without sufficient training and instruction, it would be difficult for anyone to use an AED and can also endanger the life of someone who has suffered cardiac arrest in their workplace.

AEDs may be different, but most of them perform the same functions. The authority must therefore implement uniform guidelines for the installation of AEDs in the workplace. In addition to simple training, AED operators or technicians should also have the opportunity to upgrade their AED operation skills from time to time. In this regard, timely intervention by higher authority is required.

In the Netherlands you have the choice between two quality marks: the FDA quality mark and the CE mark. Some well-known brands of DEA are Defibtech, Zoll, Philips and HeartSine.

Although the AED is not mandatory, employers should consider placing it in their offices for the safety of their staff. It applies to all businesses, organizations, clubs, schools, colleges and factories.

Any employer or human resources manager can begin placing AEDs in offices and factories for the safety of their staff and those on the premises. Investing a few dollars in AED equipment and training can breathe new life into people who might need emergency medical attention during a sudden heart attack.

Sign up for AED in de buurt on HartslagNu and contribute to national coverage of AED.

Media Details –

Company – AEDmaster
Email – [email protected]
City – Groningen
Country – Netherlands

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