Heart Ready Workplace - Criteria

Updated:Apr 14,2014

criteria for heart ready workplace

The American Heart Association’s Heart Ready Workplace program is a free, self-reporting, voluntary program designed to recognize organizations for their efforts to create workplaces that are prepared for cardiovascular emergencies and stroke.

There are three levels of recognition: Bronze, Gold, and Platinum. Application is a simple self-assessment of an organization’s level of preparedness.

Bronze Level

  • Implement an emergency response program and have a documented emergency action plan or emergency response standard operation policy (SOP)
  • Provide training and education:
    • There must be a minimum number of employees trained in CPR to ensure a response by a trained individual whenever there is an employee at the location. If state or federal laws or OSHA regulations require an alternative minimum number of employees trained in CPR and/or first aid, those requirements must be met.
    • The training must be credentialed and have hands-on practice and testing to qualify.
    • A trained person must be present at the location during working hours. The person must be familiar with the workplace’s emergency response plan or emergency SOP.
  • Maintain a list of employees who are trained in first aid and CPR (kept up to date and made available to all employees)
  • Place informational posters, flyers or educational material in the common areas (such as bulletin boards, kiosks, break rooms) that identify the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and also convey the need to treat heart attacks as emergencies
  • Place informational posters, flyers or educational material in the common areas that identify the signs and symptoms of a stroke and also convey the need to treat strokes as emergencies

Gold Level

  • Meet all requirements for Bronze level
  • Implement an AED program
    • Minimum of one AED per location
    • Response time to get AED to any part of the location should be three minutes or less
  • Provide information to local emergency medical services (EMS) so they are aware that your worksite has an AED in place for an emergency response
  • Provide at least one activity a year that promotes health and safety within the company

Platinum Level

  • All requirements are met for Gold level
  • Provide a CPR Anytime® training or other non-credentialed training to employees
  • Sponsor, provide or support  at least one community health and safety activity (such as Hands-Only™ awareness)
  • Provide information on the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke through emails, newsletters, management communications, websites, seminars or classes

Your AHA representative will provide you the link to apply for recognition.


Did You Know?

heart ready criteria imageCardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. One in every three deaths is from heart disease and stroke — that’s 2,200 deaths per day.