Cookie policy

About Cookies

Cookies are small text files which are downloaded to your computer or mobile device when you visit a website or application. Your web browser (such as Google Chrome, Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) then sends these cookies back to the website or application on each subsequent visit so that they can recognise you and remember things like user preferences.

This Cookie Policy sets out how the HSE uses any information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, when you use this website.

In order for the site to work properly we need to collect some information. Below are the details of the cookies and what they are used for, there is also information about how you can control them.

Visitors to our website

When someone visits the website we collect standard internet log information. This information is anonymous and is not combined with any other information that you may submit on the site.

Necessary cookies

This website will set some cookies which are essential for the website to work properly. These cookies, none of which capture personally identifiable information, are as follows:

ASP.NET_SessionID - This is a unique identifier for the user's session, so the content management system knows where they are in the site. This is deleted when the browser is closed.

Third Party Cookies

The site uses Google Analytics to supply site analytics for our website usage. Read the Google privacy policy

__ga, _gat_UA*, _gid, _dc_gtm_UA* and a number of other session cookies- These are Google Analytics cookies. They are used to collect information about how visitors use our website. This information is used to monitor the number


This is a Google cookie. This cookie contains a unique ID that remembers your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English).

_hjIncludedInSample and a number of other session cookies –

These are Hotjar cookies. We use Hotjar in order to better understand our users’ needs and to optimize this service and experience. Hotjar is a technology service that helps us better understand our users experience (e.g. how much time they spend on which pages, which links they choose to click, what users do and don’t like, etc.) and this enables us to build and maintain our service with user feedback. Hotjar uses cookies and other technologies to collect data on our users’ behavior and their devices (in particular device's IP address (captured and stored only in anonymized form), device screen size, device type (unique device identifiers), browser information, geographic location (country only), preferred language used to display our website). Hotjar stores this information in a pseudonymized user profile. Neither Hotjar nor we will ever use this information to identify individual users or to match it with further data on an individual user. For further details, please see Hotjar’s privacy policy by clicking on this link.