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We have open kitchens adjacent to the work areas, that are each supplied with a refrigerator, toaster oven, industrial coffee maker and a microwave. Unfortunately, when some items are cooked, the odour spreads throughout the entire area.

The saying "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" transfers nicely to cooking odours. What may remind some people of their mothers fantastic home-cooking may seem putrid to others.

How does an employer communicate to its employers, tactfully, to the employees that the cooking of foods with 'strong' odours is frowned upon - and how to define 'strong' (this could be anything from popcorn to fish to a chicken noodle soup - depending who you speak with).

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I find the only thing worse than sitting next to someone who smells of curry from their breath and pores is to put up with the smell of them cooking it. It must be hell working near these kitchens.

If you have an employee council or group then representation should be made to the employer to have an extractor fan in each of the kitchen areas. Where possible, screens to mitigate the air movement.

Polite signage requesting all users to clean up after themselves should also be put in place

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At our company, there are some horrible smells from the microwave. Sometimes so bad it would ruin my lunchtime- from the smells making us sick!

What our company did was put a note on the microwave stating "ALL FOODS WITH STRONG ODORS MUST TAKE FOOD THE THE MICROWAVE IN THE CAFE" That way, everyone seen it, there was no favortism. If it stinks, take it somewhere else.
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