AED Legislation

HAWAII AED LEGISLATION & LIABILITY

Below are the current laws regarding AEDs in Hawaii. There is no liability to those individuals who own or use an AED. 

City Council Bill 69 (2016)

 As of January 1, 2018, all city buildings and newly constructed buildings are required to have Automated External Defibrillators on every floor. 

City Building - any building or portion thereof that is owned or leased by the city and is occupied by city employees

Newly constructed building - any building constructed on or after January 1, 2018 and that has an occupant load of 50 or more. A building will be deemed to have been constructed on the earlier of: 1.) the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy for the building, or 2.) the date of its first occupancy. 

  • Each of the buildings defined above must have installed and maintained automated external defibrillators. 

  • At least one AED must be accessible to resident, employees and the public, on each floor level. 

  • Appropriate signage must be posted to indicate the location of the AEDs. 

House Bill 1537 (2009)

"Any person who in good faith, without remuneration or expectation of remuneration, attempts to resuscitate a person in immediate danger of loss of life when administering any automated external defibrillator, regardless of where the automated external defibrillator that is used is located, shall not be liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission except as may result from the person's gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions."

"Any person, including an employer, who provides for an automated external defibrillator or an automated external defibrillator program shall not be vicariously liable for any civil damages resulting from any act or omission of the persons or employees who, in good faith and without remuneration or the expectation of remuneration, attempt to resuscitate a person in immediate danger of loss of life by administering an automated external defibrillator, except as may result from a person's or employer's gross negligence or wanton acts or omissions."