Emory University is committed to the prevention of heat related illnesses and injuries for University employees, students and visitors caused by activities performed in high heat environments. EHSO has developed a heat stress program that includes a written program, identification of high heat areas, signs and symptoms of heat-related conditions, assessments, monitoring and training.
According to the National Weather Service, heat is the number one weather-related killer in the United States. Statistical data indicates that heat causes more fatalities per year than floods, lightning, tornadoes and hurricanes combined. Based on data from 2000 to 2009, high heat will claim an average of 162 lives each year, compared with 117 for hurricanes, 65 for floods, 62 for tornadoes, and 48 for lightning.