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Faculty of Community Services

Thomas Tenkate

Title:

BAppSc, MAppSc, DrPH, GradCertMgt, GradCertEd, MEd, FEHA, FRSPH, CRM

Telephone:

416-979-5000, ext. 556158

Email Address:

thomas.tenkate@ryerson.ca

Specialization:

  • Occupational health and safety
  • Environmental health
  • Exposure assessment
  • Human health risk assessment
  • Human exposure to ultraviolet radiation
  • Risk management

Biography:

I came to Ryerson in 2011 to take-up the role of director of the School of Occupational and Public Health. 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 and education, 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 and occupational exposure assessment.

My main area of research is human exposure and health risks from ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Sun safety for outdoor workers
  • UV radiation exposure of workers and the public
  • Human health risk assessment
  • Online learning and alternative teaching approaches
  • Chemical hazard and risk assessment
  • Psychological health and safety

Research projects:

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

  • 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  

Current Courses:

  • OHS 319: Health Effects of Radiation

Selected Publications:

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:   

  • Peters, C.E., Pasko, E., Strahlendorf, P., Holness, D.L., Tenkate, T. Solar ultraviolet radiation exposure among outdoor workers in three Canadian provinces. Annals of Work Exposures and Health 2019; 63(6): 679-688 https://doi.org/10.1093/annweh/wxz044
  • Reimann, J., McWhirter, J.E., Papadopoulos, A., Bergeron, K., Flynn, S., Marrett, L., Tenkate, T., Rosen, C.F., Dewey, C. A process evaluation of the Skin Cancer Prevention Act (Tanning Beds): a survey of Ontario Public Health Units. Journal of Community Health 2019; 44(4): 675-683 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10900-019-00658-1
  • Haynes, E., Kramer, D.M., Holness, D.L., Strahlendorf, P., Tenkate, T. With a little help from my friends: elements of successful integrated knowledge translation collaborative partnerships from three workplace-based occupational disease research projects. Work 2019; 62: 261-278. DOI: 10.3233/WOR-192861
  • Silva Paulo, M., Adam, B., Akagwu, C., Akparibo, I., Al-Rifai, R.H., Bazrafshan, S., Gobba, F., Green, A.C., Ivanov, I., Kezic, S., Leppink, N., Loney, T., Modenese, A., Pega, F., Peters, C.E., Prüss-Üstün, A., Tenkate, T., Ujita, Y., Wittlich, M., John, S.M. Parameters for estimating the national and global burden of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer attributable to occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation: Protocol for a systematic review of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation and a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation on melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer. Environment International 2019; 126: 804-815. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S016041201830919X
  • Tenkate, T., Silva Paulo, M., Adam, B., Al-Rifai, R.H., Chou, B.R., Gobba, F., Ivanov, I., Leppink, N., Loney, T., Pega, F., Peters, C.E., Prüss-Üstün, A., Ujita, Y., Wittlich, M., Modenese, A. Parameters for estimating the national and global burden of cataract attributable to occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation: Protocol for a systematic review of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation and a systematic review and meta-analysis of the effect of occupational exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation on cataract. Environment International 2019; 125: 542-553. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0160412018311218
  • Nadalin V., Marrett, L., Cawley, C., Atkinson, J., Tenkate, T., McWhirter, J., Rosen, C.F. Assessing a ban on the use of UV tanning devices among adolescents in Ontario, Canada: First year results. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2018; 109:473-479: https://link.springer.com/article/10.17269/s41997-018-0129-3
  • Haynes, E., Kramer, D.M., Strahlendorf, P., Holness, D.L., Kushner, R., Tenkate, T. A cross-Canada knowledge transfer and exchange workplace intervention targeting the adoption of sun safety programs and practices: Sun Safety at Work Canada. Safety Science 2018; 102: 238-250. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.10.013
  • Tenkate, T.D. Ocular UVR exposure of welders. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 2017; 43(3): 287-288. http://www.sjweh.fi/show_abstract.php?abstract_id=3630
  • Kramer, D., Haynes, E., Holness, D.L., Strahlendorf, P., Kushner, R., Tenkate, T. Sun Safety at Work Canada: Baseline evaluation of outdoor workplaces recruited to participate in a sun safety knowledge transfer and exchange intervention. Safety Science 2017; 96: 172-182 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2017.03.011
  • Nadalin V., Marrett, L., Atkinson, J., Tenkate, T., Rosen, C.F. Tanning among Ontario adolescents pre-legislation: prevalence and beliefs. Preventive Medicine 2016; 91: 244-249. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2016.08.045
  • Sendall, M.C., Stoneham, M., Crane, P., Fleming, M-L., Graves, N., Janda, M., Tenkate, T., Youl, P., Kimlin, M. Outdoor workers and sun protection strategies: two case study examples in Queensland, Australia. Rural and Remote Health  2016; 16: 3558. Available: http://www.rrh.org.au/articles/subviewnew.asp?ArticleID=3558
  • Kramer, D.M., Tenkate, T., Strahlendorf, P., Kushner, R., Gardner, A., Holness, D.L. Sun Safety at Work Canada: a multiple case study protocol to develop sun and heat safety programs and policies for outdoor workers. Implementation Science 2015; 10:97. Published on-line 9 July 2015, DOI: 10.1186/s13012-015-0277-2 http://www.implementationscience.com/content/10/1/97 
  • Tuyet-Hanh, T.T., Anh, L.V., Dunne, M.P., Toms, L-M, Tenkate, T., Harden, F. Dioxin risk reduction program at the most severe dioxin hot spot in Vietnam: residual knowledge, attitude and practices five years post intervention. Global Public Health 2015; 10:1-12 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17441692.2015.1062904#.VcC0vPnfDFk
  • Tuyet-Hanh, T.T., Minh, N.H., Anh, L.V., Dunne, M.P., Toms, L-M, Tenkate, T., Thi, M-H.N., Harden, F. Dioxin exposure risk assessment due to contaminated foods in the two most severe dioxin hot spots in Vietnam. International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health 2015; 218 (5): 471-478. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1438463915000474
  • Tuyet-Hanh, T.T., Anh, L.V., Dunne, M.P., Toms, L-M, Tenkate, T., Harden, F. Sustainability of public health interventions to reduce the risk of dioxin exposure at severe dioxin hot spots in Vietnam. Journal of Community Health 2015; 40(4): 652-659. (DOI: 10.1007/s10900-014-9980-1) http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10900-014-9980-1
  • Rye, S., Janda, M., Stoneham, M., Crane, P., Sendall, M., Youl, P., Tenkate, T., Baldwin, L., Perina, H., Finch, L. & Kimlin, M. Changes in outdoor workers sun-related attitudes, beliefs and behaviours: a pre-post workplace intervention. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2014; 56(9): e62-e72 (DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000244) http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2014/09000/Changes_in_Outdoor_Workers__Sun_Related_Attitudes,.1.aspx
  • Janda, M., Stoneham, M., Youl, P., Crane, P., Sendall, M.C., Tenkate, T. & Kimlin, M. What encourages sun protection among outdoor workers from four industries? Journal of Occupational Health 2014; 56: 62-72 http://joh.sanei.or.jp/pdf/E56/E56_1_08.pdf
  • Horsham, C., Auster, J., Sendall, M.C., Stoneham, M., Youl, P., Crane, P., Tenkate, T., Janda, M. & Kimlin, M. Interventions to decrease skin cancer risk in outdoor workers: update of a 2007 systematic review. BMC Research Notes 2014; 7:10 http://www.biomedcentral.com/1756-0500/7/10 (doi:10.1186/1756-0500-7-10)
  • Tuyet-Hanh, T.T., Anh, L.V., Dunne, M.P., Tenkate, T., Toms, L-M, Bich, N.N., Harden, F. The effectiveness of an intervention to reduce risk of dioxin exposure in Da Nang: changes in community knowledge, attitudes and prevention practices after 2.5 years. Vietnam Journal of Public Health (English Edition) 2013; 1(1): 12-21
  • Tuyet-Hanh T.T., Vu-Anh L., Ngoc-Bich N., & Tenkate T. Environmental Health Risk Assessment of Dioxin Exposure through Foods in a Dioxin Hot Spot—Bien Hoa City, Vietnam. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2010; 7(5): 2395-2406. http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/7/5/2395/

Professional Affiliations:

  • 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

Position Currently Held:

Director and Associate Professor

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  • DCC-306, Daphne Cockwell Health Sciences Complex