HSENI Accessibility Statement

This statement applies to content published on the www.hseni.gov.uk domain. It does not apply to content on hseni.gov.uk subdomains (for example www.secure.hseni.gov.uk/) and third party domains hosting HSENI services.

This website is run by the Health and Safety Executive Northern Ireland. It is designed to be used by as many people as possible. The text should be clear and simple to understand. You should be able to:

  • Zoom to 300%
  • Navigate most of the website using a keyboard
  • Use most of the website using a screen reader
  • Not have to use complex motions for any actions
  • Navigate the website using multiple methods

How accessible this website is

Parts of this website are not fully accessible. For example:

  • some images contain text
  • some images do not have good alternative text
  • many documents are in PDF format

How to request content in an accessible format

If you need information in a different format contact us by:

  • email: mail@hseni.gov.uk
  • telephone: 0800 0320 121
  • in writing: 83 Ladas Drive, Belfast BT6 9FR

and tell us:

  • the web address (URL) of the content
  • your name and email address
  • the format you need, for example, audio CD, braille, BSL or large print, accessible PDF

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

If you find any problems that are not listed on this page or you think we’re not meeting the accessibility requirements please contact us by:

  • email: mail@hseni.gov.uk
  • telephone: 0800 0320 121
  • in writing: 83 Ladas Drive, Belfast BT6 9FR

Enforcement procedure

If you are not happy with our response contact the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) - www.equalityni.org/Home

  • The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

HSENI 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.

Non accessible content

The content that is not accessible is outlined below with details of:

  • where it fails the success criteria
  • planned dates for when issues will be fixed

Content not accessible:

  • Some images conveying data do not have alternative text which fails Success Criterion 1.1.1 Non-text Content
  • Some images contain text which fails Success Criterion Success Criterion 1.4.5 Images of Text
  • Some pdf documents do not have clear titles and do not use proper Heading styles which fails Success Criterion 2.4.6 Headings and Labels

We plan to review all non-accessible content to make our website fully compliant. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact us by emailing:

Our Communications Team will investigate any issues reported.

Developer issues

A number of accessibility issues are related to the underlying Drupal content management system (CMS) and will require developer and web design input.

These include but not limited to the following:

  • Focus order (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 1.3.2, 2.4.3)
  • Keyboard Focus (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 2.1.1, Level AA, 2.4.7)
  • Colour contrast interface elements (WCAG 2.1, Level AA, 1.4.11)
  • Insufficient Labelling (WCAG 2.1, Level A, 3.3.2)

Our underlying content management system is planned to be upgraded from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8 which is expected to be completed by December 2023.

PDFs and other documents

Many documents are not accessible in a number of ways including missing text alternatives and missing document structure. For any third party pdfs that appear on this website please view the accessible document policy of the organisation that published the document to report any problems or request documents in an alternative format

How we tested this website

This website was tested for compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 level A and level AA, and these tests have been carried out internally.

The Website Accessibility Conformance Evaluation Methodology (WCAG-EM) approach was used in deciding on a sample of pages to test.

What we’re doing to improve accessibility

We plan to identify and fix issues according to the timescales shown for each area above.

This statement was completed on 15 September 2020 and updated on 31 March 2021.