Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.



Our privacy policy is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliant.

The GDPR, formally Regulation (EU) 2016/679), is a European (EU) regulation which unifies and strengthens the data protection rights of people in the EU. It replaces the current European data protection framework (formally Directive 95/46/EC), and becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018. From this time, a number of additional expectations will apply to organisations that process the personal data of people in the EU, including EU-based employees or customers.

Who we are

The Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has overall responsibility for the promotion and enforcement of safety and health at work and the safe use of chemicals. It also provides the national accreditation service.  We are also the national centre for information to employers, employees and self-employed on workplace health and safety and the safe use of chemicals.

The  SNM also promotes education, training and research in the field of safety, health and chemicals.

As part of our role we gather personal data from time to time both through our websites, when you contact us by phone, when an inspector visits your place of work, when you visit our offices, apply for a job with us or attend one of our events. The security of your data is a priority at the Health and Safety Authority  and we are committed to respecting your privacy rights.  We will  handle your data fairly and legally at all times. We will also be transparent about what data we collect about you and how we use it. 

This policy applies specifically to our corporate website and it’s related services, and provides you with information about:

  • what personal data we collect,
  • how we use your data,
  • who we share your data with,
  • how long we hold on to your data for,
  • how we ensure your privacy is maintained, and
  • your legal rights relating to your personal data.  

What personal data we collect from you on this site

The SNM website avails of several different services that augment the user experience of our website, as well as the quality of customer interaction.  Some of these services are hosted and supported by third parties.  At the bottom of this document, we explain each of these services, their purpose on our website, and most importantly what particular data is sought from site/service users.  With regard to the latter, we also explain the purpose for seeking this information, and how long we hold it for.

What personal data does this website collect using cookies

Like many websites, this site uses session cookies that we transfer to your computer for the duration of your visit. We use the session cookie to track your progress through the site, allowing us to maintain the security and integrity of the data being used. If you have chosen to disable session cookies on you browser the site will switch to URL redirection, allowing you to use all aspects of this online service.  For general web browsing no personal information is revealed to us, although certain statistical information is available to us via our internet service provider.

This information may include:

  • the logical address of the server you are using,
  • the top level domain name from which you access the Internet (for example, .i.e., com, .org etc.),
  • the type of browser you are using,
  • the date and time you access our site,
  • the Internet address used to link to our site.

Some of the above information is used to create summary statistics that allow us to assess the number of visitors to our site, identify what pages are accessed most frequently and generally, help us to make our site more user friendly.


Most cookies have an expiration date. This means, that they will automatically expire after a certain period and no longer register any data concerning your visit of the website. Another option is to remove the cookies manually before the expiration date. In order to do this, consult the instruction manual of your browser.


We take appropriate security measures to limit and prevent misuse of and unauthorised access to your personal data. More specifically, we take the following measures:

  • securing network connections using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology;
  • purpose-related access restrictions;
  • monitoring granted powers.


This policy does not apply to third-party websites that are linked to our website. We cannot guarantee that such third parties handle your personal data carefully and securely. We recommend that you read the privacy policies of their websites before you make use of the websites.

Copyright Statement

The material featured on this site is subject to Government copyright according to the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000.  The material may be downloaded to file or printer for personal use only.   Where this material is being issued to others, the source (including URL) and copyright status must be acknowledged.

The permission to reproduce Government copyright material does not extend to any material on this site that may be the property of a third party.   Authorisation to reproduce such material must be obtained from the copyright holders concerned.

Usage of Google Analytics

This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service. Google Analytics uses cookies to help the website analyse how users use the site. The information generated by the cookie about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States. Google will use this information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website operators and providing other services relating to website activity and internet usage. Google may also transfer this information to third parties where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process the information on Google’s behalf. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above.

How we ensure your privacy is maintained

The SNM website is hosted in a highly secure environment.  Internally, only nominated SNM staff and contractors with a business need have access to your personal data to provide you with the service you signed up for.

Further details on how we manage your personal information in the course of our various functions, can be found by clicking on the relevant links below. 


If you have any questions about your privacy or about this privacy and cookie policy, you can contact us via the following contact details:


e-mail   :

If you have any complaints about our processing of your personal data, we will do our utmost to help you quickly and effectively.

Last Updated  25 August 2019