In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, public sector organisations such as HSENI have to routinely publish information whenever possible.
The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up a 'Model Publication Scheme' for all public sector organisations.
The Commissioner has also published a Definition Document for Northern Ireland Non-Departmental Public Bodies which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are.
HSENI adopted the model scheme on 1 January 2009 and is formally committed to the principles underlying it. We have reviewed the information we routinely put into the public domain to ensure that it is compliant with the ICO guidance.
The HSENI Publication scheme sets out the categories of information we hold and where you can find it. You will also be able to see where HSENI does not hold relevant information or where, for some reason, it has been decided not to routinely disclose information.
Most of the information HSENI makes routinely available can be accessed, free of charge, through its website and it is continually updated. If you cannot find information through the search engine and we have indicated in the publication scheme that the information is routinely available, please contact us and ask for the information to be provided to you.
You can refer to our 'Contact us' page on the website, e-mail us or call our helpline:
Published information may also be obtained in hard copy format.
In keeping with our commitment to promote equality of opportunity, an executive summary of key published information in other accessible formats will be available upon request in the following formats:
- large print
- audio cassette
- Irish language
- Ulster Scots language
- languages of the minority ethnic communities in Northern Ireland
Certain very large documents or manuals may be made available for viewing by arrangement, however, where practicable, we will endeavour to supply sections of these documents by other means in order to meet specific needs.
In the interim, if you require specific information, please contact us by either phone or email:
- phone: 0800 0320 121
- email: email@example.com
Crown copyright and licensing
The material on this site is subject to Crown copyright protection unless otherwise indicated.
You may use and re-use the information featured on this website (not including logos) free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government Licence with only a few conditions.
Information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. Therefore information you receive which is not subject to Crown copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non-Crown copyright) information.
Level 2 – Fair Processing Notice – NFI 2016/17
The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is required by law to protect the public funds it administers. It may share information provided to it with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds, in order to prevent and detect fraud.
The Comptroller and Auditor General audits the accounts of this NDPB. The Comptroller and Auditor General is also responsible for carrying out data matching exercises under his powers in Articles 4A to 4G of the Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information. Computerised data matching allows fraudulent claims and payments to be identified. Where a match is found, it may indicate that there is an inconsistency which requires further investigation. No assumption can be made as to whether there is fraud, error or other explanation until an investigation is carried out.
The Comptroller and Auditor General currently requires us to participate in a data matching exercise to assist in the prevention and detection of fraud. We are required to provide particular sets of data to the Comptroller and Auditor General for matching. Details are set out in the NIAO’s website which can be accessed from the following link:
The use of data by the Comptroller and Auditor General in a data matching exercise is carried out with statutory authority. It does not require the consent of the individuals concerned under the Data Protection Act 1998.
Data matching by the Comptroller and Auditor General is subject to a Code of Practice. This may be found at www.niauditoffice.gov.uk
For further information on the Comptroller and Auditor General’s legal powers and the reasons why he matches particular information, see the Level 3 notice on the NIAO website at www.niauditoffice.gov.uk
For further information on data matching at the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland contact Louis Burns on the following contact number:
- 028 9054 6830