California law: Cal.Health & Safety Code § 1797.196

Statute: Cal.Health & Safety Code § 1797.196

Law Type: Registration Requirement; Other Requirements

Status: Enacted

A person or entity that acquires an AED must do all of the following: (A) Comply with all regulations governing the placement of an AED. (B) Notify an agent of the local EMS agency of the existence, location, and type of AED acquired. (C) Ensure that the AED is maintained and tested according to the operation and maintenance guidelines set forth by the manufacturer. (D) Ensure that the AED is tested at least biannually and after each use. (E) Ensure that an inspection is made of all AEDs on the premises at least every 90 days for potential issues related to operability of the device, including a blinking light or other obvious defect that may suggest tampering or that another problem has arisen with the functionality of the AED. (F) Ensure that records of the maintenance and testing required pursuant to this paragraph are maintained. When an AED is placed in a building, building owners shall do all of the following: (A) At least once a year, notify the tenants as to the location of the AED units and provide information to tenants about who they can contact if they want to voluntarily take AED or CPR training. (B) At least once a year, offer a demonstration to at least one person associated with the building so that the person can be walked through how to use an AED properly in an emergency. The building owner may arrange for the demonstration or partner with a nonprofit organization to do so. (C) Next to the AED, post instructions, in no less than 14-point type, on how to use the AED. (Updated Jan. 12, 2016 based on new changes to law effective Jan. 1, 2016)

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