My role at the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre
I graduated with first class honours in Environmental Health from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2018 receiving the Michael Morrison Memorial Award for best student performance as well as high commendation from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. I successfully completed the Cardiff Met Award in 2017 together with the additional level, ‘Sustainable Thinking’, in 2018 which recognised achievements complementary to my undergraduate studies. In October 2018, I began my KESS 2 PhD scholarship with Cardiff Met’s ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre, working in partnership with a large well-known Welsh food manufacturing and processing business (until 2021). In September 2019 this project was recognised with a high commendation Sustainability Award from KESS 2 in conjunction with The Sustainability Lab for upholding the ambitions of the Well-Being of Future Generations Act 2015.
My research project is an in-depth assessment of food safety culture and hand hygiene behaviour from multiple perspectives at three food manufacturing sites. This includes cognitive and behavioural evaluations, microbiological and hygiene assessments, an analysis of organisational characteristics and performance measures as well as a study of the influence of management style and structure on food handler behaviour. The findings will be used to design bespoke hand hygiene interventions to improve compliance prior to production entry, during production and upon exit. Repeating assessments at the end of the study will indicate knowledge retention and intervention effectiveness while highlighting the links between hand hygiene behaviour and food safety culture throughout the production streams. My project Director of Studies is Dr Elizabeth C Redmond and Supervisor, Dr Ellen W Evans; both of the ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre.
My passion for promoting food safety developed following 10 years as co-owner and project manager of an independent catering equipment company conceptualising commercial kitchens (and front of house) from design through to opening. My particular research interests include novel approaches to enhance food safety practices, food safety culture, behaviour change and change management. I also maintain a keen interest in food safety and public health developments from a regulatory and legislative perspective.