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Accessibility - Help using this site

Text size

To adjust the text size on this site please use the text resizing feature in the banner above (requires javascript) or alter your browser settings. Detailed guidance on how to do this has been published by the BBC, AbilityNet and the Web Accessibility Initiative.

We’ve summarized the main points below.

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Always check your browsers help feature (press F1) to find out how to get the best from your browser.


Again a lot of good content has already been published by the BBC and the Web Accessibility Initiative.

If you need a specific colour scheme, again use your browser features to change the colours of all websites.

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To view PDF files on the HSE website use the free Acrobat reader or one of the alternative PDF readers.

You can customise colours displayed in PDFs by choosing Edit > Preferences > Accessibility > Replace Document Colors. Then choose a colour scheme that matches your requirements.

For more information about PDF accessibility see the Adobe website accessibility section.

Please also see our PDF help guide for general help.

Keyboard access

This site's layout takes into account users who are visually impaired or have difficulties using a mouse. Skip to content and skip to navigation links are provided at the top of each page to enable keyboard users to jump to the content with only a few keystrokes.

Tabbing through the pages takes you first through the header, then through the left navigation, then through the content area and finally through the links in the footer.


There are many videos on the HSE website. Most have a transcript or captions. Unfortunately, there are a number that don't. This is something we are fixing. More recent videos are hosted by YouTube and Google provides guidance on captions and screen reader compatibility.

Accessibility statement

To learn more about what we are doing to make our site accessible please read our accessibility statement.

Updated 2019-04-12