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

  • Author / Creator
    Zhang, Han
  • 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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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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  • Department
    • Department of Human Ecology
  • Specialization
    • Textiles and Clothing
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Rachel McQueen, Department of Human Ecology
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Jane Batcheller, Department of Human Ecology
    • Megan Strickfaden,Department of Human Ecology
    • Nancy Kerr, Department of Human Ecology