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.
The toll suffered in human terms due to the overzealous actions of the ADHS has been devastating," Warne said.
Warne said Westech was working in good faith to address ADHS concerns which arose during a routine annual audit in September 1994.
Not keeping records in both electronic and printed form, although no requirement for dual record-keeping is specified in either ADHS or EPA regulations.
Although ADHS characterized these deficiencies as "falsifying data," Warne said that in reality they pertain to quality control checks rather than to the analysis of client samples.