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Accessibility statement

The HSE website aims to be as accessible as possible and complies with recognised web standards, current legislation and UK Government guidelines regarding accessibility.

HSE's accessibility policy covers the standards and processes in more detail.


The site adheres to the Web Accessibility Initiative’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0. Wherever possible we aim to achieve all Level A and Level AA requirements. Some areas are known to fail, They are listed in our accessibility policy.

The pages are built using valid and wherever possible semantic XHTML. CSS and Javascript are then applied to add design and behaviour. Those without javascript should still have no trouble accessing all core information.


Most PDF (Portable Document Format) files on this site are tagged to allow basic accessibility. Some older PDFs are not tagged and will be tagged as resources allow, or on request.


Most images on this website have alternative text that describes their content or function. Images that are purely decorative do not include alternative text. Where an image is part of a text link, text will be present in the context of the link.

Some images on the site have poor or incorrect alternative text, we have a plan of action in place to fix this.


Please note that unless otherwise stated all links will open within the same browser window.

All links to PDFs and other nonstandard types are marked with the following icons, using the appropriate alternate text. This includes, but is not limited to:

Accessibility help

For guidance on how to customise your browser please see our accessibility help page.

Updated 2018-10-26