Forum rules

Please note:

  1. The goal of this Clinical Waste Discussion Forum is to share information and best practice concerning all aspects of clinical waste management, safety, hygiene etc, from bedside to final destruction. It is accessible to all; these forum rules apply to everything done in the Forum section of this website.
  2. The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum (the Forum) is presented “as is”. It is intended as an open information exchange, to facilitate the exchange of news, views and opinions. Feel free to post questions, or to offer answers to the questions posted by others.
  3. Authority – The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum is moderated on an as required daily/weekly basis.
    The moderator and administrators is Ian Blenkharn who operates in a non-commercial manner on the Forum that is provided free of charge for all of those interested or involved in any aspect of clinical/healthcare waste matters.
    The moderator reserves the right to delete any messages deemed to be inappropriate without notifying the author and will ban a member of the Clinical Waste Discussion Forum if the rules are breached. An explanation will be provided if any user requests it (email though spammers, of which there are many, will receive little sympathy or support!
  4. Your opinion and experience will be valuable to others, and we hope that this Forum will provide an easily accessible means to share knowledge, to develop or maintain best practice, and to seek advice from others.
  5. If you choose to add a comment or to register and post a message on the Forum, you are free to do so. However, please do give your name, and either your current post or experience as this will be helpful to those reading your post, to evaluate the strength of your comments.
  6. Platform users to give source information for the health/medical information when it is not personal experience or general knowledge. Personal experience is any symptom, test, treatment etc. that the person or a close family member has undergone himself/herself. All statements about statistics, data, studies and new advancement in medicine should have trustworthy sources.
  7. We remind you that any message can be read, used, reproduced and cited by all.
    You have the option to erase or edit your own comments. Contact for support.
    See our complete Privacy Policy at the foot of this page.
  8. The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum was created with a non-recurring unrestricted grant from Cliniserve Limited. Subsequent funding is provided exclusively by Ian Blenkharn.  We do not accept third-party funding, paid advertising, funded editorials or ‘advertorials’, or other advertising content or financial support for the web site including in those posts that you are otherwise entirely free to use, whether in the form of text links or banners, for example.
  9. The information provided on this site is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between you and your professional advisers or any regulatory body.
  10. We welcome the involvement of all those interested or involved in the handling of clinical wastes and related healthcare wastes, from bedside to end-disposal.
  11. Do not duplicate comments unnecessarily.
  12. Posted messages are reviewed daily, but may appear live as soon as you press the POST button.
  13. Anonymous posts are permitted, but we would prefer that you included your name, email address and affiliation when posting messages or replies to messages.
  14. To remove or amend any comment, please email the Moderator.
  15. We place no restriction on users, who are entirely free to post relevant comments and responses to messages.
  16. The Forum is not a free advertising service. Though we welcome and support posts from any commercial organisation, blatantly commercial use of this Forum will not be permitted. Any such posts may be subject to editorial change or to rejection and deletion. The originators of such posts will be notified of such decisions by email.
  17. Ian Blenkharn publishes this Clinical Waste Discussion Forum. We take all reasonable measures to ensure that the information posted in the Forum is accurate. Nevertheless, we give no representation or warranty, whether express or implied, regarding the Forum or its contents, including, without limitation, any warranty of accuracy or completeness of the information posted on the Forum or its contents.
  18. Any decision made by a visitor to this Forum based on information presented therein is the sole responsibility of that visitor. Ian Blenkharn accepts no liability for loss or damage including, without limitation, any special, direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage or other losses or damage of whatsoever nature arising out of or relating to the use of this Forum or its contents.
  19. Ian Blenkharn will accept no responsibility for any information contained in any other website accessible by hyperlink or by other means from messages posted on this Forum.
  20. Editorial decisions are final and absolute.
  21. The Forum may be suspended or withdrawn without notice at the sole discretion of the owner.
  22. The moderator and Forum members/users should conduct themselves at all times with respect and honesty.
  23. By using our Clinical Waste Discussion Forum you agree to post information that is true and correct to the best of your knowledge and is of your personal experience. If the information you post is not personal experience, we request you to provide sources (references, links, etc..) whenever it is relevant and possible.
  24. All posts are automatically dated.Contact

    You can contact the moderators of this Clinical Waste Discussion Forum via this email:

Privacy statement

  • The Clinical Waste Discussion Forum (the Forum) respects the privacy and anonymity of its users, though in the spirit of open and free communication we do encourage participants to leave their name and email address when posting messages
  • Cookies are used, for the convenience of registered users who may opt to store their own unique passwords. Tracking cookies are not used.
  • Currently we are using Google Analytics to analyze the audience of the website and improve our content, in particular that which is relevant to visitors from different geographic regions. No personal information is collected from Google
  • We do not require users to register with our site or with the Forum
  • The information (names, email addresses or any other contact information, or personal data) provided by those who choose to do so while posting messages to the Forum will remain accessible to all visitors, and users should consider their own needs or wishes for anonymity before including this information in any post
  • Users who wish to retract or withdraw any information posted to the Forum should contact
  • The Forum is committed to working with the internet community in cultivating and maintaining trust between all its members, and of fostering free, open and unrestricted communication between all those interested, involved or affected by issues of clinical waste management.

Privacy statement – general

  • The owner of this web site respects the privacy of its users
  • Cookies are used, for the convenience of registered users who may opt to store their own unique passwords. Tracking cookies are not used.
  • Users may elect to accept or reject cookies from this site. When cookies are permitted by the user, these will not contain any personal information.
  • Users are not required to register with the site, or with the Forum
  • Email addresses and other data submitted via the contacts page, or by direct email correspondence with the site owner, but with the exception of those posted for open display in the Clinical Waste Discussion Forum (see above), will be stored securely and will not shared with any third party


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Visitors wishing to post messages to the Clinical Waste Discussion Forum, or to add comments to existing posts are most welcome and are free to do so, within our general rules of behaviour. You will need to register to post any information to the Forum, with a username of your choice and a valid address. Each registration will be assessed for authenticity to eliminate spammers. If approved, you will be free to add your posts or comments. Your address data will be kept confidential at all times and will be used for no other purpose than validating your posts.

If you feel that you have been inappropriately refused registration, please accept our apologies but be aware that this is an inevitable consequence of our attempts to block spammers. Please email from the email address that you will use, re-register and we will review your registration without delay. If you are already registered, email from the email address you have used and request removal. This will be done immediately.

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Ian Blenkharn