The four Initiative Workgroups:

Standards and Utilization

Implement evidence-based best practices for surfaces, people, process and technology to assess and eliminate surface contamination and evaluate interventions designed to disrupt pathogen transmission.


Prove the connection between surfaces and HAI’s infections in healthcare environments and accelerate the adoption of evidence based practices, innovation and interventions.


Review, create, and disseminate critical information for healthcare stakeholders to reduce transmission of surface related pathogens.

Surface Disinfection and Compatibility

Review, create and implement testing guidelines for surface disinfection incompatibility by evaluating disinfection process, products and design to understand the relationship between surface damage and microbial acquisition and transmission.

Each workgroup identifies specific projects that are carried out throughout the year, helping them reach initiative goals and objectives that support the mission of the Healthcare Surfaces Summit.

Participants in each of the workgroups include:

  • Manufacturing and Engineering expertise
  • Infection Prevention
  • Facilities Management
  • Environmental Services
  • Regulatory Agencies
  • Academia
  • Microbiologists
  • Occupational Health