bgs final report_tattoo industry (2007)

Co 2005 may 23 the devil is in the ink the electric

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Unformatted text preview: to wait for test results is unpractical and spoils business. Ms Debi reasons that the inks are very safe and claims 20 Singapore Press Holdings Ltd. Co. (2005, May 23). The devil is in the ink. The Electric New Paper. Retrieved from,4139,88729,00 .html that there are no allergies. Shockingly, Acid Crue did not seem to know what a test patch is, but rationed that they would not entertain customers with too many scars, rashes and pimples on their skin 21 . Clearly, firms deem their current practices ethical and do not see the need to take measures a step further. Personal aspect Thankful that he did not suffer from any allergic reactions, Johnny feels that firms should conduct test patches on customers to enhance safety22. Echoing his view, Dr Tan feels that it could possibly function as a form of insurance and protection. Yet, unlike Johnny who leans towards the view of business practices being unethical, Dr Tan feels that the issue is still grey, as one must take feasibility and cost of the procedure into consideration23. Standing near to the other end of the ethical spectrum, Clarence feels that test patches is a relative issue, dependent on each individual, although he personally trusts his tattoo artists24. As illustrated, there is no single standard across the personal aspect, leaving personal perspective on this issue grey. Societal aspect 69% do not know what a test patch is 25 . 87% feel that a test patch should be administered to new customers 26 . Such majority figures indicate society’s call for tattoo firms to conduct test patches on each customer’s skin to prevent adverse reactions. Giving recognition to the minority, thorough scrutiny of our survey results affirmed our hypothesis that individual diligence made the difference – 87% of those who know what a test patch is coincided with those who read up on the health risks of tattooing themselves27. As for the 13% who feel that it is ethical for firms not to conduct a test patch28, they possibly share the view of Clarence who trusts the tattoo artists 29 . Alternatively, they could concur with Jerry that a high level of hygiene is adequate 30 . Looking at the big picture, society’s perspective of the issue remains grey as there is no clear-cut stance. Overall analysis Given the divided opinions – only O feels that the lack of test patch is ethical but both P and S perspectives are grey – no conclusive ideal standard can be derived; ambiguity renders this issue grey. However, reasons such as sufficient hygiene standards and trust in the firms and their suppliers do not give adequate consideration to the respective facts that the problem lies with the ink (not the hygiene level) and that trust alone cannot prevent adverse effects. As such, we are of the opinion that current business practices are unethical and do not provide enough care to stakeholders’ welfare. Different interests lead to different perspectives for O, P and S: O ultimately wants to protect their bottom line; incurring extra costs from performing a test patch for every customer d...
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