Privacy and cookies

Introduction

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the BBC article What are cookies?

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, find out more at All About Cookies.

Essential cookies

Main HSE site

Additional cookies on the main HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
__cfduid
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Cookie assoiated with sites using CloudFlare, used to speed up page load times. According to CloudFlare it is used to override any security restrictions based on the IP address the visitor is coming from. It does not contain any user identification information.
Type
Essential

Name of cookie:
optInGoogleTracking
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Used to track user cookie preferences
Type
Essential

Name of cookie:
cookies_policy
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
This cookie is used to conditionally load Google Analytics
Type
Essential

Name of cookie:
cookies_status
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Used to track user accepting or rejecting analytics using the toggle swtich on hse.gov.uk/cookies.htm
Type
Essential

Name of cookie:
hide_banner
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Used to hide cookie notification banners after user accepts
Type
Essential

Name of cookie:
global_banner
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Used to hide global notification banner after user accepts
Type
Essential

Services

Additional cookies on HSE's services platform at services.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
_RequestVerificationToken
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used by the platform's antiforgery system.

Name of cookie:
.AspNet.ApplicationCookie
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used to identify user sessions.

Name of cookie:
adxPreviewUnpublishedEntities
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores preview ON/OFF mode used in classic CMS system for portal administrators.

Name of cookie:
adx-notification
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used in basic form actions to store alert message to be shown on redirection.

Name of cookie:
ARRAffinity
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Added automatically by Azure websites and ensures that requests are load balanced between different sites. Doesn't store any of user information.

Name of cookie:
ASP.NET_SessionId
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used to maintain the session of a logged in user to avoid repeated sign-in.

Name of cookie:
ContextLanguageCode
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Added automatically by Azure websites and ensures that requests are load balanced between different sites. Doesn't store any of user information.

Name of cookie:
Dynamics365PortalAnalytics
Expires:
90 days
Purpose:
Mandatory cookie to anonymously measure service usage for platform costing purposes.

Name of cookie:
isDSTObserved
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores a value to indicate if the current moment is in daylight saving time.

Name of cookie:
isDSTSupport
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Indicates whether a specified date and time falls in the range of daylight saving time.

Name of cookie:
timeZoneCode
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores the timezonecode field value of CRM timezonedefinition table for the current timezone.

Name of cookie:
timezoneoffset
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores the timezone difference between UTC and Local browser time.

Contact

Additional cookies on HSE's Working Safely form at contact.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
_RequestVerificationToken
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used by the platform's antiforgery system.

Name of cookie:
.AspNet.ApplicationCookie
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used to identify user sessions.

Name of cookie:
adxPreviewUnpublishedEntities
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores preview ON/OFF mode used in classic CMS system for portal administrators.

Name of cookie:
adx-notification
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used in basic form actions to store alert message to be shown on redirection.

Name of cookie:
ARRAffinity
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Added automatically by Azure websites and ensures that requests are load balanced between different sites. Doesn't store any of user information.

Name of cookie:
ASP.NET_SessionId
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Used to maintain the session of a logged in user to avoid repeated sign-in.

Name of cookie:
ContextLanguageCode
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Added automatically by Azure websites and ensures that requests are load balanced between different sites. Doesn't store any of user information.

Name of cookie:
Dynamics365PortalAnalytics
Expires:
90 days
Purpose:
Mandatory cookie to anonymously measure service usage for platform costing purposes.

Name of cookie:
isDSTObserved
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores a value to indicate if the current moment is in daylight saving time.

Name of cookie:
isDSTSupport
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Indicates whether a specified date and time falls in the range of daylight saving time.

Name of cookie:
timeZoneCode
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores the timezonecode field value of CRM timezonedefinition table for the current timezone.

Name of cookie:
timezoneoffset
Expires:
Session
Purpose:
Stores the timezone difference between UTC and Local browser time.

Third-party cookies

Google analytics

The main HSE website and the following subdomains all use Google analytics to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service:

So the following cookies are served on all the above.

Analytics cookies
Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
_ga Google Tag Manager Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 2 years Usage
_gid Google Tag Manager Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website. 1 day Usage
_dc_gtm_UA-324220-1 Google Tag Manager This cookie is associated with sites using Google Tag Manager to load other scripts and code into a page. Where it is used it may be regarded as Strictly Necessary as without it, other scripts may not function correctly. The end of the name is a unique number which is also an identifier for an associated Google Analytics account.   Usage
_gat_UA-324220-1 Google Analytics This is a pattern type cookie set by Google Analytics, where the pattern element on the name contains the unique identity number of the account or website it relates to. It appears to be a variation of the _gat cookie which is used to limit the amount of data recorded by Google on high traffic volume websites.   Usage
_gali Google Analytics     Usage
_ga_1Y6RD6YT11 Google Tag Manager This cookie is used by the gtag.js library to identify users across browsing sessions. 1 year Usage
nmstat Siteimprove Used to record the visitor's use of website. 1000 days Usage

Social media

The code provided by Twitter to include Twitter functionality on our website may set cookies. For information about Twitter cookies go to the Twitter privacy policy.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

 
Updated: 2021-09-17