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Thomas Tenkate

Thomas Tenkate

Associate Professor
EducationBAppSc, MAppSc, DrPH, GradCertMgt, GradCertEd, MEd, FEHA, FRSPH, CRM, CRSP, CSP
OfficeDCC-306, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex
Phone416-979-5000, ext. 556158
Areas of ExpertiseOccupational health and safety; Environmental health; Exposure assessment; Human health risk assessment; Human exposure to ultraviolet radiation; Risk management

I came to Ryerson in 2011 to take-up the role of director of the School of Occupational and Public Health. I completed my term as director in June 2020. Prior to this, I worked at the Queensland University of Technology School of Public Health in Australia. I have been in academia since 2003. I have also worked in industry, which has included 10 years with the Queensland Department of Health.

Originally qualified as an environmental health officer, I also have qualifications in occupational health and safety (specifically occupational hygiene), management, education and risk management, including a Doctor of Public Health from the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

I have been active in a range of professional associations, including Environmental Health Australia (the Australian equivalent of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors), where I was on the state and national executive for many years and from 2009 to 2011 served as national president. I have also consulted with legal firms, government agencies, old-age facilities and schools in the areas of food safety, environmental health, occupational exposure assessment and risk management.

My main area of research is risk assessment and risk management of environmental and occupational exposures, including human exposure and health risks from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

  • OHS 319: Health Effects of Radiation (2012 to 2018)
  • POH 100: Professional Practice (current)
  • OHS 301: Biological Agents (current)

Research interests:

Research projects:

Project: Enhancing support for supervisors to improve the health and safety of at-home workers
 
  • Year: 2021-2022
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funded by: Innovation at Work grant, WorksafeBC

Project: eCHAP-Risk: chemical risk assessment software tool for SMEs

  • Year: 2020-2021
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funded by: Innovation at Work Grant, WorksafeBC

Project: Tailored sun safety messages for outdoor workers

  • Year: 2019 – 2020
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Innovation at Work Grant, Worksafe BC

Project: Diesel Engine Exhaust Exposure in the Ontario Construction Industry

  • Year: 2018-2020
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program

Project: Online Learning Modules to Support Workplace Mental Health for First Responders and Management

  • Year: 2018-2020
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program

Project: Workplace Safety and Prevention Partnerships and Ladder to Degree

  • Year: 2018-2019
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer

Project: Sun exposure in outdoor workers: measurements and monitoring

  • Year: 2018-2020
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Occupational Health and Safety Futures – Research Funding Program, Alberta Government

Project: Setting Priorities: testing a workplace tool to identify and prioritize current occupational exposures

  • Year: 2018-2019
  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Funded by: Ontario Ministry of Labour, Evidence for Practice Grant

Project: Systematic review – occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation and cataracts

  • Year: 2017-2019
  • Role: Lead Reviewer
  • Funded by: World Health Organization and International Labour Office

Project: Systematic review - occupational exposure to ultraviolet radiation and skin cancer

  • Year: 2017-2019
  • Role: Reviewer
  • Funded by: World Health Organization and International Labour Office

Project: Evaluation of Prevention Strategies for Reducing the Future Risk of Cancer in the Ontario Construction Industry

  • Year: 2016-2019
  • Role: Co-investigator

Project: Scaling up small-scale food processing for therapeutic and complementary foods for children in Vietnam

  • Year: 2015-2018
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Canadian International Food Security Research Fund; International Development Research Centre & Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

Project: Sun at Work: A sun safety program initiative for outdoor workers, external link

  • Year: 2014-2016
  • Role: Principal investigator
  • Funded by: Canadian Partnership Against Cancer: Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention 2 (CLASP2) competition

Project: Ryerson/NCAT Course Redesign Project

  • Year: 2014
  • Role: Principal investigator
  • Funded by: Ryerson University

Project: Comprehensive applied research project to demonstrate the effectiveness of sun protection measures which influence high risk outdoor workers in Queensland to adopt sun safe behaviour practices

  • Year: 2010-2013
  • Role: Co-investigator
  • Funded by: Population Health Queensland/Health Promotion Queensland 

Project: Enhancing student engagement through focused mobile learning approaches

  • Year: 2009-2011
  • Role: Principal investigator
  • Funded by: QUT Faculty Learning and Teaching Grant 

Book:

  • Tenkate, T. & Strahlendorf, P. Sun Safety at Work: A Management Systems Approach to Occupational Sun Safety. 2020, ISBN-13: 979-8655436084. Available at Sun Safety at Work, external link and Amazon. 131 pages.

Chapters:  

  • Fleming, M-L & Tenkate, T. Biological and environmental determinants, in: Introduction to Public Health, 3rd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2015, pp. 117-139.
  • Tenkate, T., Fleming, M-L & FitzGerald, G. Disease control and management, in: Introduction to Public Health, 3rd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2015, pp. 234-259.
  • Tenkate, T. Environmental health, in: Introduction to Public Health, 3rd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2015, pp. 260-282.
  • Tenkate, T. & Schwartz, M.C. The Welsh E.coli outbreak – a failure in regulatory and professional ethics, in: Population and Public Health Ethics: Cases from Research, Policy and Practice, Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Population and Public Health (ed), University of Toronto Joint Centre for Bioethics, Toronto, ON, 2012, pp. 123-126
  • Fleming, M-L & Tenkate, T. Biological and environmental determinants, in: Introduction to Public Health, 2nd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2012, pp. 103-127.
  • Tenkate, T., Fleming, M-L & FitzGerald, G. Disease control and management, in: Introduction to Public Health, 2nd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2012, pp. 224-249.
  • Tenkate, T. Environmental health, in: Introduction to Public Health, 2nd ed, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, 2012, pp. 250-274.
  • Dunn, L. & Tenkate, T. Work integrated learning in environmental health, in: International Handbook for Cooperative Education and Work Integrated Learning, 2nd ed, Coll, R. K. & Zegwaard, K. (eds), World Association of Cooperative Education, Boston, 2011, pp. 157-164
  • Fleming, M-L & Tenkate, T. Physical and environmental determinants, in: Introduction to Public Health, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, 2009, pp. 93-118.
  • Tenkate, T., Fleming, M-L & FitzGerald, G. Disease prevention and control, in: Introduction to Public Health, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, 2009, pp. 215-246.
  • Tenkate, T. Health protection, in: Introduction to Public Health, Fleming, M-L & Parker, E. (eds), Elsevier Australia, Chatswood, NSW, 2009, pp. 247-279.

Journal articles:   

  • Usha George Faculty Recognition Award, Ryerson University, 2020
  • Dean’s Scholarly, Research and Creative Activity Award, Ryerson University, 2019
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Toronto Public Health (for service to the Research Ethics Board), 2019
  • Special Project - National Winner (for Sun Safety at Work Canada), Canadian Society of Safety Engineering, 2018
  • Public Education Award (Not-for Profit) (for Ontario Sun Safety Working Group), Canadian Dermatology Association, 2018
  • Vice Chancellor’s Performance Award, Queensland University of Technology, 2007 and 2010
  • Environmental Health Professional of the Year, Environmental Health Australia (Queensland Branch), 2007