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Wednesday
Jun252014

AED bill in Ohio has flaws for club owners

A bill requiring health clubs in Ohio to maintain an automated external defibrillator (AED) is currently pending in the state house. Introduced earlier this month, House Bill 574 (HB 574), would require clubs to have an AED onsite and ensure that trained staff is present during hours of operation “in which staff are regularly on duty.”

IHRSA opposes HB 574 because the bill does not include necessary legal protections and fails to safeguard well-intentioned health club operators and employees from the risk of costly litigation. 

Similar legislation in the state senate has not moved since being introduced last fall.

IHRSA supports AED legislation that contains necessary liability protections - use and non-use - for club owners and their employees, reasonable staffing requirements for staffed and unstaffed clubs, and adequate compliance time.

If you have any questions, please contact Tim Sullivan, IHRSA’s senior legislative analyst, at ts@ihrsa.org. For more news and updates on every state, visit the members-only State page at ihrsa.org/state.

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