bgs final report_tattoo industry (2007)

Majoritywise ss interest is for the general public to

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Unformatted text preview: ecreases their profit margin. For P, the emphasis is not clear; while some are more interested in getting a tattoo, others are mindful of the undesirable consequences. Majoritywise, S’s interest is for the general public to be protected against unnecessary harm. Hence, a performance-expectations gap is inherent and such varying interests hinder closing the gap. Issue 3: Disclosure of Health Risks before Tattooing – Is it ethical for firms to not disclose possible health complications to customers before administering the tattoo? Overview In the USA, a one month ban from donating blood is imposed by the American Association of Blood Banks on individuals who obtain tattoos at unregulated facilities 31 . Such a regulation is put in place in consideration of events such as methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus skin infections among tattoo recipients emerging as a major cause of skin disease in the USA32. Although Singapore does not currently face such pertinent problems, the government is aware of the potential health risks involved in tattooing. The Health Sciences Authority does not accept blood donors within one year of 21 Refer to Annex A Refer to Appendix B3 23 Refer to Appendix B1 24 Refer to Appendix B2 25 Refer to Appendix C2 Q10 ‘Results of Question 10’ 26 Refer to Appendix C2 Q11 27 Refer to Appendix C2 Q10 ‘Correlation between knowledge of Test Patches and knowledge of Health Risk’ 28 Refer to Appendix C2 Q11 29 Refer to Appendix B2 30 Refer to Appendix A1 22 31 Office of the Governor, Illinois. (2006, July 21). Governor Blagojevich signs new regulations to make tattoo and body piercing establishments safer. Retrieved from http://www.illinois.gov/PressReleases/ShowPressRelease.cf m?RecNum=5100&SubjectID=5 32 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2006, June 23). Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections Among Tattoo Recipients—Ohio, Kentucky, and Vermont, 2004-2005. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 55(24), 677-679. tattooing 33 , as there is always the risk of infection when the skin is pierced34. Stemming from this is the inherent fact that health risks in tattooing are universal 35 , and the dangers can be passed on by blood or in instances where the skin dermis is ruptured. This boils down to the questions: If the government is aware of the potential health risks, why is there a lack of regulation? Given the dangers of tattooing, is it ethical for firms not to inform customers of the health risks? Ethical Analysis Organisational aspect Exotic Tattoos only occasionally provides health warnings to customers. Such inconsistency indicates their uncertainty with regards to the ethicality of this issue. Contrastingly, Acid Crue and Sacred Needles find it ethical to just brief customers on aftercare. Shane from Acid Crue explains that the shop is sufficiently clean and new needles are a must, while Jerry feels that his customers are already mentally prepared to do a tattoo 36 . Hence, from an overall organisational pe...
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