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Thermal Protection and Thermal Comfort: An Evaluation of the Fabrics Used in Chefs’ Uniforms against Thermal Hazards in the Kitchen Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Chefs' uniforms
thermal protection
thermal comfort
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Zhang, Han
Supervisor and department
Rachel McQueen, Department of Human Ecology
Examining committee member and department
Nancy Kerr, Department of Human Ecology
Jane Batcheller, Department of Human Ecology
Megan Strickfaden,Department of Human Ecology
Department
Department of Human Ecology
Specialization
Textiles and Clothing
Date accepted
2013-11-20T13:25:01Z
Graduation date
2014-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Workers in kitchens are at risk of burn injuries and thermal discomfort related to the hot and humid kitchen environment. However, thermal protective performance of chefs’ uniforms has received limited research attention. The purpose of the current research was to investigate how effective textiles used in chefs’ uniforms are in providing thermal comfort and protection against thermal hazards. Four fabrics and two aprons used in chefs’ uniforms plus one control fabric were tested regarding thermal protection (ease of ignition, protection against hot surfaces, steam and hot liquid) and thermal comfort (air permeability, thermal resistance, and water-vapour resistance). Findings showed that single-layered fabrics were generally less protective than multiple-layer fabrics. However, layering of fabrics increased protection against hot surface contact but not necessarily against hot water or steam. A waterproof apron covering a chefs’ garment fabric provided protection against hot water burns and steam, but it was highly flammable.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3F38Z
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