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Hazardex 2018 Conference - 9. Mental health awareness in a safety critical environment

30 January 2018

Jamie Walker - Safety & Projects Director, UKPIA.  
Weds 12.15 – 12.55: Seminar room

The stigma around mental health has long been an issue. Fortunately, mental health awareness has recently been heightened as royalty and other public figures have publicly disclosed their own battles against the illness.

In this question and answer session, UKPIA aims to increase the perception within the safety critical environment, looking at how mental health illness affects the patient, their families and equally as importantly, work colleagues and the organisations which they work for.

The presentation is intended to provoke conversation within the workshop and provide people with the opportunity to discuss how the issue is currently being dealt with and how matters may be improved in the future.

Individuals who have, or are working with others who have, mental health issues and are engaged in process safety activities pose a risk if they are not managed correctly. The aim of the workshop is to provide a better understanding of possible warning signs and how to deal with sufferers who themselves may not be aware of their issues.

HSE have already stated that stress and mental health pose a significant threat to the workplace. UKPIA are currently working with Competent Authority and other Trade Associations and organisations with the intention of providing a co-ordinated and structured approach to dealing with the issue.

Prior to joining UKPIA in May 2016, Jamie Walker worked in senior management roles for Puma Energy and Murco Petroleum, his experience spanning many years. He worked extensively in logistics for 20 years and is a fully qualified DGSA.

In his role at Murco and Puma, Jamie represented his company on the UKPIA Road Transport, Terminal and Security Working Groups and sat on the DODF Professional Driver Passport Set Up Group.

He currently provides Secretariat support to the Major Hazards, Rail and Road Working Groups; Process Safety Leadership Network; Petrol Retailers Safety Group. Jamie represents UKPIA on Process Safety Forum; Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum; Oil Pipeline Security; Energy Institute Process Safety, Downstream Distribution and Road Tanker Committees; Refinery and Terminal Operators Forum; Downstream Oil Distribution Forum; Forecourt Crime Steering Group and DfT Road Tanker Working Group.

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