ASSE’s WISE Common Interest Group Honors OH’s Connie Muncy as One of 100 Women Making a Difference in Safety
The American Society of Safety Engineers’ (ASSE) Women in Safety Engineering (WISE) Common Interest Group has honored Connie Muncy of Kettering, OH, for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental (SH&E) field as part of the WISE ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project. Women from around the world and throughout history have been honored for their dedication to protecting people, property and the environment and for going above and beyond to make a difference.
Muncy is currently a safety officer for Montgomery County Water Services in Kettering, OH. She began her career in the corporate office of a 12 branch safety, health and environmental (SH&E) firm and for the past six years she has focused on safety issues at Montgomery County Water Services, a government facility. In her current role, she works diligently to ensure public workers adhere to OSHA regulations, though Ohio public employers are not regulated by OSHA. Muncy has persevered to promote government workplace sector safety and in 2009, her team’s operations won the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Safety in Sound service sector national award for occupational hearing conservation efforts. In 2008, the team received the State of Ohio Burke Safety Award from the Ohio Water Environment Association. Muncy has a B.S. in chemistry from Wright State University in Dayton, OH, and a master’s degree in environmental health and safety management from the University of Findlay in Findlay, OH.
In addition to her many professional accomplishments, Muncy is a past-president of ASSE’s Kittyhawk Chapter and is an active member of the Dayton and Miami Valley Safety Council, where she has served as Board Chair. Muncy is also a member of the Montgomery/Greene County Local Emergency Response Council where she is former chair. She is an active presenter at annual conferences for organizations such as the National Registry of Environmental Professionals, the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) and the Ohio Water Environment Association.
Muncy has written and presented more than 20 papers and workshops at various symposiums and conferences. She also volunteers at the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce with 10-hour OSHA Outreach courses and she has taught emergency preparedness courses to hundreds from area businesses.
The ‘100 Women, Making a Difference in Safety’ project honors women who, throughout history, have dedicated their careers to promoting innovation in safety, health and environmental issues. The valuable contributions of women to the SH&E profession have been recognized through this project and later this year WISE will consolidate the profiles of all 100 honorees into a single publication, titled 100 Women, Making a Difference in the Safety, Health and Environmental Professionas part of ASSE’s (1911-2011) 100th anniversary.
WISE was established to foster the advancement of women in the SH&E profession. The group provides professional development opportunities, evaluates the ongoing state of women in SH&E, mentors women in the profession, provides opportunities for women to obtain professional certifications and promotes the development and peer review of written material related to issues specific to women in the SH&E workplace. For more information about WISE and upcoming events, please visit www.asse.org/practicespecialties/wise/mission.php.
Founded in 1911 and celebrating its centennial, the Des Plaines, IL-based ASSE is the oldest professional safety society and is committed to protecting people, property and the environment. Its more than 34,000 occupational safety, health and environmental professional members lead, manage, supervise, research and consult on safety, health, transportation and environmental issues in all industries, government, labor, healthcare and education. For more information, please go to www.asse.org and to view the new ASSE – A Century of Safety film go to www.asse.org/assecenturyofsafety.