Ian Blenkharn

Ian Blenkharn is an independent microbiologist with more than 30 years experience in the NHS and UK Universities focusing on aspects of healthcare and environmental microbiology. He has particular research interests in hospital, occupational and environmental microbiology, healthcare waste management – surgical sepsis and the control of hospital infection, sharps safety and safe bio-hazardous waste management, occupational and environmental hygiene and microbiology and bio-safety.

Ian is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, of the Royal Society for Public Health, and of the Institute of Biomedical Scientists. He is a Chartered Biologist, and a Chartered Scientist.

  • Clinical waste management & control
  • Waste-related biohazards
  • Sharps (needlestick) injury
  • Hospital, community & environmental infection control and hygiene
  • Occupational, environmental & healthcare microbiology
  • Waste incineration, landfill & alternate treatment technologies
  • Air quality monitoring & clean room control
  • Training; safety evaluation; audit; risk assessment
  • Health & safety support for new start-up as well as small to medium businesses
  • Technology assessment; process control; product design & evaluation
  • Planning; registration; licensing
  • Contract research; research training & support; data presentation
  • International client base: waste management, pharmaceutical & equipment manufacturers; local, regional & central government and government agencies; educational, charitable & aid-agencies
  • Extensive background in University & NHS healthcare, teaching & research
  • Scirus Topic Page author – Clinical waste
  • Over 40 years experience in medical microbiology
  • Registered with the UK Register of Expert Witnesses




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