Year: 2021 | Month: June | Volume 10 | Issue 2
Study of Human Factors in Rural Kitchen Design
The present study was undertaken to study the work, worker, and workplace interfacing in the selected standing type of kitchens in Behbalpur village of Hisar district. The study was conducted on 50 women respondents from the age group of 24-47 years who were involved in kitchen activities for the last 2 years with at least 2 hrs daily. No separate counter was found for preparation, cooking, and washing activities. Only one work counter was found for all purposes with height and depth of x = 94.2 ± 4.44 cm x = 61.8 ± 7.8 cm, respectively. It can be concluded that the height of the counter was not adequate and was either too high (20.0%) or too low (38.0%) in more than fifty percent of the kitchens. Regarding the depth of counter surface, the mean value of counter depth was (x = 61.8±7.8 cm) significantly higher than the usual horizontal reach of women (x = 47.6 ± 5.9 cm). In all three groups, p values were less than 0.005 (5.82E-09, 2.3E-17, and 3.44E-10), representing the significant difference in means of each group, i.e., between counter height and standing elbow height, and between counter depth and horizontal reach(s).
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