Occupational hygiene professionals Dave Lombardi (pictured above) and Thomas Wood founded Workplace Scientifics because of their scientific backgrounds and to encourage industrial change – and Launchpad helped turn their business plan into action
Tell us about your company?
Occupational Hygiene is a scientific discipline that is an essential element of an organisation’s health and safety management system and their compliance. As qualified occupational hygienists we created Workplace Scientifics to provide anticipation, recognition, evaluation and control of occupational exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards for a wide range of businesses.
At Workplace Scientifics we specialise in occupational hygiene consultations, exposure related risk assessments and compliance testing for a variety of industries such as petrochemical, food processing, construction, engineering, fabrication, health and beauty, plastics, and metal processing.
When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you?
We started the Workplace Scientifics journey in 2019 because we both shared a common interest in encouraging industrial change and wanted to work with our very own customers to help influence shifts in the approach towards the delivery and application of occupational hygiene.
Due to our backgrounds, we were concerned by the lack of awareness around occupational disease and so we had a concept to create a greater level of awareness around the control of workplace exposure hazards. Our overall vision was to see a significant reduction in work-related illnesses over the coming years and to have contributed to this drop.
How has Launchpad helped you?
Launchpad came highly recommended as the foundations for any business can be drawn up with their continued support. Since founding our business, we have received endless support from Darren McDool and the Launchpad community. We also found their training sessions and personalised business mentoring programme very useful, allowing us to turn our business plan into actions. They also directed us towards funding opportunities and assisted throughout the application process.
What are your hopes and aims for the business?
Our ultimate aim is to guide managers and leaders of organisations through positive change to help create safer working environments. In Grant Cardone’s book ‘The 10X Rule’ he talks about being omnipresent – the concept of being everywhere, in all places, at all times. We hope to use our omnipresence to showcase useful and insightful information to our networks as we continue to form long-lasting business relationships allowing us to thrive, not just survive.
Launchpad advisor Darren McDool said: Tom and Dave have been a pleasure to work with and have sensibly taken advantage of free Launchpad support. They’ve fine-tuned their offer by testing the business model in one-to-one meetings and at new business workshops, before getting input from our marketing associate on shaping their online presence.
With impressive product knowledge and industry experience added to the creativity, determination and professionalism they’ve always demonstrated, I’m sure good things lay ahead for Workplace Scientifics.
Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality.
Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.