A study of the social and physical environment in catering kitchens and the role of the chef in promoting positive health and safety behaviour

MAGUIRE, K. and HOWARD, M., 2001. A study of the social and physical environment in catering kitchens and the role of the chef in promoting positive health and safety behaviour. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 11 (3), pp. 203-217. ISSN 0960-3123

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Abstract

This is the account of a mixed method study of chefs and their kitchens in order to identify the nature of their workplace and how this affects their ability to manage health and safety in the kitchen. It included extended periods of observation, monitoring of physical parameters, analysis of records of reported accidents, and a series of reflexive interviews. The findings were integrated and then fed back in a smaller number of second interviews in order to test whether the findings fitted in with the chefs' understanding of their world. Major factors identified included survival in a market environment, the status of the chef (and the kitchen) within organisations, marked autocracy of chefs, and an increasing tempo building up to service time with commensurate heat, noise, and activity. In particular during the crescendo, a threshold shift in risk tolerance was identified. The factors, their interplay, and their implications for health and safety in the catering kitchen are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Health Research
Creators: Maguire, K. and Howard, M.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2001
Volume: 11
Number: 3
ISSN: 0960-3123
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/09603120126720DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:06
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:18
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7700

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