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Accessibility Statement

Using this website

This website is run by the Health and Safety Executive. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

We’ve summarized the main points below.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability:

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website aren’t fully accessible:

We are working to resolve these issues and will have released them to the website when they are complete.

What to do if you can’t access parts of this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems that aren’t listed on this page or think we’re not meeting the requirements of the accessibility regulations, contact [email protected].

How we tested this website

This website is tested by the Siteimprove Quality Assurance service and findings are reported to us every 5 days.

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

HSE is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Issues with technology

Many of our older PDFs and Word documents don’t meet accessibility standards - for example, they may not be marked up so they’re accessible to a screen reader.

Some of our PDFs and Word documents are essential to providing our services. For example, we have PDFs with information on how users can access our services, and forms published as Word documents.

We have created a register of PDFs which are essential for service delivery and are working through these to create HTML pages and forms. This work will be completed by 23 September 2020.

We understand that the regulations don’t require us to fix PDFs or other documents published before 23 September 2018, if they’re not essential to providing our services. However, if you need information in an alternative format, email [email protected].

Any new PDFs or Word documents we publish from 1 September 2019 onwards will meet accessibility standards.

Issues with images, video and audio

Live video streams don’t have captions.

Whilst we understand that live video streams are exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations, we realise that this is still an important part of our web content. However, we will be focusing our efforts on increasing the accessibility of other areas first.

Issues with interactive tools and transactions

Some of our microsites and tools (eg Shattered Lives, STEP tool etc) were developed out of the standard HSE website template and in some cases by third party developers and are therefore not completely compliant with WCAG 2.1.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

This statement was prepared on 20 September 2019, and will be reviewed every 6 months.

We are working to resolve all identified accessibility issues which are within our control and will release them as soon as solutions are available.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the accessibility regulations. If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Updated 2019-10-23