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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:
cookies_preferences_set
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Lets us know that you’ve hidden the cookie notification banner
Type
Usage

Name of cookie:
__cfduid
Expires:
CloudFlare
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

Webcommunities

Additional cookies on HSE's web communities at webcommunities.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
CFTOKEN (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
JSESSIONID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
CFID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
SpiderLogon
Expires:
End of session, or if asked to 'remember my details' the +30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don’t have to do it for every Web page you request from our service

Name of cookie:
SpiderRememberMeLogon
Expires:
+30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose 'Remember me'

Name of cookie:
SpiderUserPrefs
Expires:
1 month
Purpose:
To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service

Adventure Activities Licensing

Additional cookies on the Adventure Activities Licensing at https://www.aals.org.uk/aals/provider_search.php

Name of cookie:
hseCookieNotify
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
Lets us know that you’ve hidden the cookie notification banner

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.

Google analytics cookies
Name Provider Purpose Expiry Type
nmstat Google Tag Manager This cookie contains an ID string on the current session. This contains non-personal information on what subpages the visitor enters – this information is used to optimize the visitor's experience. 999 days Usage
_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
_gaexp Google Optimize Used to determine a user's inclusion in an experiment and the expiry of experiments a user has been included in. Depends on the length of the experiment, but typically 90 days. 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

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: 2021-02-26