Important legislative development that will come into effect later this year – Bill 141, also known as the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020. This new law mandates significant changes to the installation, maintenance, testing, and accessibility of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in Ontario. 

Overview of Bill 141: Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2020

  • Purpose:
    This legislation requires the installation, maintenance, testing, and accessibility of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in designated public spaces across Ontario. The aim is to improve survival rates from cardiac arrests by ensuring that defibrillators are publicly accessible.
  • Key Definitions:
    • Defibrillator: An automated external medical heart monitor and defibrillator that can analyze heart rhythms and automatically deliver a shock if needed.
    • Designated Premises: These are publicly accessible premises designated by regulations where defibrillators must be installed.
    • Public Premises: This includes any premises where a defibrillator is installed and is accessible to the public, as further defined by regulations.
  • Main Requirements:
    • Installation and Accessibility: Owners or operators of designated premises are required to install AEDs according to regulatory guidelines and ensure they are easily accessible.
    • Maintenance and Training: They must maintain the AEDs according to the manufacturer’s guidelines and ensure that prescribed persons are trained to use them.
    • Registration: Defibrillators must be registered with a designated registrar within 30 days after installation, or within 30 days after the subsection comes into force if already installed.
  • Inspections and Compliance:
    • Inspections: Appointed inspectors can enter premises (excluding dwellings) without a warrant to ensure compliance with the Act.
    • Offences: Failure to comply with the Act, including obstructing an inspector or providing false information, is punishable by fines.
  • Regulatory Powers:
    • The Lieutenant Governor in Council can make regulations defining public premises, governing registration, and setting out additional prescribed matters to effectively carry out the Act.

This Act is designed to enhance public health and safety by ensuring that AEDs are available and ready to use in the event of cardiac emergencies in public spaces, potentially saving lives.

For full details, please refer to the official legislation here.

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