Environmental Ergonomics of Commercial Kitchens in a Semi-Tropical City

Author
Sasi Gangiah

Synopsis

This book focuses on the environmental ergonomics of restaurant kitchens and the challenges related hereto in a semitropical city, from a chef’s perspective. It establishes the urgent need for commercial kitchens to be conducive to the well-being of kitchen workers as heat illness is unreported in this industry. This research is relevant from an occupational health and safety point of view. It evaluates the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) parameters such as heat, ventilation and humidity, noise and lighting in kitchens, cognisant that with different cuisines, the kitchen loads are different. The goals of occupational safety are health intervention for worker comfort to enhanced work performance. The book generates new knowledge regarding the factors affecting Body mass index of kitchen workers, prediction of heat and humidity near cooking stoves, discomfort near ovens, lighting in preparation areas and factors affecting reaction to stove noise. The book implements exploratory design with multiple case studies. 

Chapters

  • Chapter 1
    Overview and background to the study
  • Chapter 2
    Heat and thermal comfort
  • Chapter 3
    Ventilation and humidity
  • Chapter 4
    Noise and its effect on workers’ health
  • Chapter 5
    Lighting in kitchens
  • Chapter 6
    Research methodology
  • Chapter 7
    Data presentation, analysis and discussion: heat and thermal comfort
  • Chapter 8
    Data presentation, analysis and discussion: ventilation and humidity
  • Chapter 9
    Data presentation, analysis and discussion: noise in kitchens
  • Chapter 10
    Data presentation, analysis and discussion: lighting in kitchens
  • Chapter 11
    Conclusion and recommendations

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