In August 1995, despite Westech's cooperation and more than $750,000 invested in its quality systems, and without conducting a follow-up audit of the laboratory, ADHS suddenly began legal proceedings to revoke Westech's license.
The damaging publicity destroyed Westech before the company received a hearing and with no official ruling having been issued by ADHS until Friday's ruling in favor of Westech.
Officials at ADHS orchestrated the steamrolling of Westech with no real attempt to discover the truth.
NOTE TO EDITORS: A copy of the ADHS hearing officer's findings is available by calling Lisa Noble at 602/417-0623 or Jay Taylor at 602/417-0644.
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Barnes of the ADHS stated: "Based on the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law attached hereto, the Department's claim for revocation of Westech's license should be denied.
Upon receiving the laboratory results, ADHS staff removed the remaining crayons (pieces comprising approximately nine crayons) from the home.
ADHS staff provided the mother with verbal and written information about lead poisoning health effects, sources, and prevention.
At this time, ADHS staff knew nothing about the lead content of other crayons in the child's kit, nor about the potential for other crayon brands to contain lead.
While the focus of the ADHS Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program is secondary prevention, staff initiated primary prevention activities to educate the public about the crayon hazard and to prevent future lead poisoning.
Prior to receiving the subject elevated blood lead level report, ADHS staff became aware of a U.