Health & Safety Click

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Health & Safety Click's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Health & Safety Click is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Head of Business Development
Alex Klass
Managing Director Rosalind
Founded in 2001, Health and Safety Click Limited provides
business managers at small to medium-sized enterprises
with a robust and proactive enterprise risk and compliance
online software service that facilitates compliance with the
requirements of health and safety legislation, helping to
manage workplace safety effectively. Today, its owners offer risk
management services to nearly 100,000 SMEs throughout the
UK, via its online platform. Head of Business Development Alex
Klass tells the
In our nearly 20 years of operating, we have become an essential partner of some
of the largest players in the UK insurance industry, helping their clients to manage
their workplace risks more safely, to keep their damaging insurance claims to a
minimum and, ultimately, to flourish and succeed in doing what they do best:
running theirbusinesses.
We consider the success we are enjoying today the sweetest reward, because the
road to present day has not always been an easy one. In 2004 my father Frederick
Klass left his job in the City to focus fully on Health and Safety Click, which he had
started 3 years prior. It’s fair to say that the entire family had a lot riding on its
Despite continued growth and the assembling of a hardworking and dedicated
team of workplace safety and employment law experts, software developers,
administration and customer services, the first few years were a steady struggle.
Each Christmas, my mother, an accountant by trade, would study the books; each
»Head of Business
Development: Alex Klass
»Founded in 2001
»Based in Benfleet, Essex
»Services: Online risk
»No. of employees: 8
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year, my father would say “next year
will be different”. Looking back, it
was those early years that gave us the
strength and resilience required to get
to where we are today.
Luck finally turned
Following years of slow, steady
growth, the company’s fortunes were
transformed following a deal with
a large UK insurance underwriter
to provide several thousand of their
policyholders with our services. As a
business, we’ve never looked back.
Sadly, my father didn’t live to see the
fruition of his vision and its ongoing
success. Despite the personal loss, my
mother pledged to ensure that the
company would continue his legacy.
Through those years she worked
tirelessly to learn all aspects of the
business, focusing on areas to improve
our systems, connecting with new
clients and opening up new markets.
My mother will often turn to me when
we are alone in the office and ask me:
“Do you think Fred would be proud
of me?” I think it’s fair to say that yes,
mum, he would.
Our mission
Since new health and safety
sentencing guidelines were set in
2016, SMEs have received the largest
fines in relation to turnover. One in
four SMEs have also had an employee
or former employee claim against their
employer’s liability insurance. Going
into 2020, the deck remains stacked
against them. While they are becoming
much more risk aware than before,
SMEs still need a lot of support when
it comes to their risk management, as
they simply do not have the resources
of larger businesses. With that in mind,
our mission here at Health and Safety
Click is to provide a comprehensive
and, most importantly, cost-effective
risk management solution to as many
SMEs as we can.
We aim to educate them that risk
management does not have to be
an intimidating process, but rather
something that has been part of our
Left to right: Alex,
Rosalind and Operations
Manager Val Rozga
In our nearly
20 years of
operating, we
have become
an essential
partner of
some of the
largest players
in the UK
daily lives since we were children. We
learn at an early age not to cross the
road without looking each way first,
not to talk to strangers when away
from our parents and to keep away
from open fires, each of which involves
weighing up some sort of risk. In
fact, almost every decision we make
involves risk assessment of some kind.
The same principles apply when it
comes to business.
The relationships we have cultivated
within the insurance industry have
allowed us to reach tens of thousands
of businesses to date, but we have
only been able to do so because of the
great passion that our small but tightly
knit team has for giving the very best
service to our clients. Countless hours
are dedicated to trawling through
legislation and directive changes,
and I’ve stopped counting how many
weekends have been lost to design
meetings and testing of new digital
tools. All of it is possible because of
the commitment of our loyal team,
many of whom have stuck by us
through thick and thin.
Future challenges and
One of the major challenges we
continue to face is that many small
firms, even those that have access to
our services through their insurance
policies, feel that they don’t have
the time for risk management, or are
unaware of its importance.
Going into 2020, our commitment to
changing those attitudes is stronger
than ever. With exciting partnerships
on the horizon, allowing us to pour
even more resources into improving
our offering, next year promises to
be the very best yet. Brexit will of
course present some challenges,
with proposed amendments already
suggesting a lot of work ahead for
our content manager. When the time
comes, however, we will approach it
the same way we approach everything:
with a little belief and a lot of
relationships we
have cultivated
within the
industry have
allowed us to
reach tens of
thousands of
businesses to
Health & Safety Click
has established itself as
a valued partner to large
insurance companies
since being founded in

This article was sponsored by Health & Safety Click. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster