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.
- change colours, contrast levels and fonts
- zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
- navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
- navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
- listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
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:
- most older PDF documents aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
- live video streams and some of our existing videos don’t have captions
- microsites that have been developed by third party developers and are out of standard HSE template
- some images don't have alternative text of what the image shows
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.
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).