Healthcare Surfaces Institute Annual Meeting & Workshop
Finding Solutions to the Spread of Infections via Surfaces

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - Wednesday, March 4, 2020

The SWCOEH is pleased to partner with the Healthcare Surfaces Institute to facilitate this educational workshop and meeting!


Workshop Registration Fees: $250.00/person

Fees include:

  • Opportunity to contribute to the development of a structured program that will evaluate and validate surfaces;
  • CME, CNE, and CEUs (determination of credit pending);
  • Refreshments; Continental breakfast on Workshop Days 1-2; Lunch on Day 1;
  • Per HSI, articles will be published following the event and your name will be listed as a participant.

Registration and advance payment is required. Please contact us for details on purchase order or payment by check. Payment by check requires advanced approval.
Click here for registration user guide.


The healthcare setting is exceptionally dynamic, often unpredictable, and real-life scenarios must be understood as do the challenges faced by professionals in the field. The science behind the role of surfaces in the transmission of pathogens that cause deadly infections in the healthcare setting is virtually overlooked. There is a pressing need for education and research for the evaluation of surface materials and products as assemblies, to validate they can be efficiently and effectively cleaned, disinfected, and sterilized.

This event is open to all healthcare practitioners, and not just those members of the Healthcare Surface Institute!
We welcome you to join in the discussion as your expertise and voice need to be heard so we can develop guidelines and tools that will address the issues and challenges of product and environmental design, and potentially reduce the burden on healthcare professionals. These issues include, and are not limited to; surface disinfection, sterilization, surface compatibility, infection prevention processes, protocols, and the confusion of instructions for use (IFU's).

Healthcare practitioners in the following areas are invited to participate:

Biomedical Engineering

• Emergency Medicine

• Ergonomics

• Healthcare Design & Systems

• Healthcare Materials Sciences

• Human Factors & Performance

• Infection Control

• Infection Prevention

• Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Exposure Science

• Nursing

• Patient Safety

• Public Health

• Safety and EHS

• Surgery


This is event is sponsored in part by the Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH), a NIOSH funded Education and Research Center housed at UTHealth School of Public Health that supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health, and worker well-being, funded by grant #T42OH008421.


Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 7:00am - 4:00pm

The first day will host a combination of lectures, panel discussions and general audience participation. Topics include:

  • Surfaces Matter, a Review of the Complex Issues and Challenges of an Overlooked Issue;
  • HSI Literature Review Findings;
  • Addressing Challenges in Today's Healthcare Settings;
  • HSI Proposal for Structure Moving Forward.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 7:30am - 3:00pm
The second day will be comprised of introduction of Initiative Groups and breakout sessions to brainstorm: Discuss gaps in curriculum and potential need for certification program; Incubator; Rapid Response Consulting; and Education.

Click here to download the HSI Annual Meeting and Workshop Agenda

Meeting Location


The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center

7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77054

Click here for Map of Cooley Center with Parking & Wayfinding Directions


The “Cooley Center” is located in the Texas Medical Center in UTHealth's South Campus Research Park Complex, adjacent to the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building and the UTHealth School of Dentistry.

Parking for Cooley Center:
Research Park Complex Surface Lot
1941 East Road, Houston, TX 77054

$10.00 all day parking (or less hourly rates) can be found across from the complex, in front of the entrance of the UTHealth School of Dentistry.

Please refer to above campus map link for wayfinding from parking lot to Cooley Center (3 minute walk).


Click here for list of Hotels near Medical Center/NRG Park

Or, search for lodging near The Denton A. Cooley, MD and Ralph C. Cooley, DDS University Life Center, 7440 Cambridge St, Houston, TX 77054.

The “Cooley Center” is located in the Texas Medical Center in UTHealth's South Campus Research Park Complex, adjacent to the Behavioral and Biomedical Sciences Building and the UTHealth School of Dentistry.

HSI Quicklinks

Continuing Education

CME and CNE: Determination of Continuing Medical Education (CME) & Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) credit is pending.


This workshop may be eligible for CEUs in the following disciplines:
  • Industrial Hygiene,
  • Infection Prevention,
  • Quality Assurance & Control,
  • Safety & EHS,
  • Certified Public Health Professionals and others!

Contact hours and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
are available. These CEUs are general, and participants are responsible for qualifying and reporting.

Certificates will be emailed to the email address input within the online registration form.
Please note, name entered during registration (capitalization/spelling) will be displayed on certificate of attendance 'as is.'


Your Best Response to a Changing World!

The Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (SWCOEH) supports research, education and outreach in occupational and environmental health. The SWCOEH is housed within the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences of the UTHealth School of Public Health.

The SWCOEH was established in 1977 as a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center (ERC), now one of 18 ERCs in the nation. In 1985, the SWCOEH became a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Occupational Health. Having grown considerably since we were established, we also conduct research on how environmental and occupational exposures affect health and on how to mitigate health risks associated with these exposures. As of 2019, the SWCOEH has been officially approved as an affiliate of the NIOSH Total Worker Health program, strengthening a partnership spanning more than 40 years.

The mission of the SWCOEH Continuing Education (CE) Program is to serve as a training resource for professionals and decision-makers in the occupational and environmental health fields by delivering specialized courses in response to current training needs. Our ultimate goal is to improve occupational and environmental health. Our core subject areas are occupational medicine, industrial hygiene, occupational safety, hazardous substances and materials, and worker well-being. Contact us to discuss your training needs!

Contact Us

Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health
Continuing Education (CE) & Outreach Program

1200 Pressler St., RAS West, Ste. 1038
Houston, TX 77030

General CE Email: swcoeh.ce@uth.tmc.edu
Phone: 713-500-9447

To learn more about the SWCOEH, please visit us on the web at www.swcoeh.org