bgs final report_tattoo industry (2007)

If so what age a yes i think there should be a minimum

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Unformatted text preview: ies and Brits. Annex B: Interviews conducted for “Personal” Aspect of Ethical Test Appendix B1: Interview with Dr Eugene Tan, Legal Academic who researches into Business Ethics, Public Ethics, and Ethics Conflict Regulation Q: Should there be a minimum age for tattooing? If so, what age? A: Yes, I think there should be a minimum age. This is because young people are impressionable and societal norms still look at tattoos with disapproval. Even in the military, the pre-medical check ups are still conducted to look for tattoos because of the possible link with secret societies. Employers may still be uncomfortable and conservative employers may continue to carry certain prejudices and bias. Young people may regret this permanent scarring and as a parent I would not want my child to have the full liberty to getting tattoos. I would take the legal perspective of 21 being the minimum age. It is the age at which the law considers a transition into adulthood, where one has the legal capacity to enter into contracts. Q: Do you think it is ethical for tattoo artist to not disclose the health risk to customers before procedure? A: I take the stand that customers may not be fully aware of the possible or potential health risks and bad reputation that will be caused by getting a tattoo. The firms are under no legal obligation, but it is good for the industry and the artist to inform customers of the potential health risks. I am inclined to think that tattoo shops cannot say “buyers beware” or as they call it in Latin “Caveat Emptor”, but yet I believe businesses have a social and moral duty, above the legal duty, to ensure customers know what they’re in for—and this makes business sense. Although disclosing the health risks may dissuade the customers, firms shouldn’t take that view because there are real risks involved. Furthermore, if you’re confident of your product and can assure customers that the service you offer is safe and the dyes you use are reliable, then why not. I’m more conservative, and so I would regard that the parlours have an ethical duty to inform their customers, especially so if he is under aged. There is also a valid health concern as tattooing breaks the skin and could spread infections like HIV, AIDS and yes, the government is quite concerned about this. Q: But Professor Tan, ought not the customers read up the risk prior to the procedure? A: I feel it is not fair to impose the burden entirely on the business, but at the same time I think the customers may not be fully aware, especially those who are not highly educated. Put it this way: if a customer changes his mind after given all the information, business should take it as a good business decision. Unhappy customers would be unsatisfied and not want to go back to them, furthermore they will dissuade their friends to patronize that parlour. Q: A test patch is used to test for an allergic reaction of the tattoo recipient’s skin to the tattoo ink. Given the lo...
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