bgs final report_tattoo industry (2007)

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Unformatted text preview: cietal bias put them in the know of the implications of getting a tattoo, or that they are more orthodox. Surprisingly, there was no wide disparity between those with and without a tattoo with regards to the exact age limit18 and whether or not an age ban is necessary19. Hence, there is a strong societal opinion that it is unethical for firms not to impose an age limit. However, the line between ethical or not is marred by the inconclusive precise age, rendering society’s perspective of this issue grey. Overall analysis A consensus exists between O, P and S that a minimum age limit should be imposed. We acknowledge the efforts of firms in doing so, but begin to doubt their ethicality where exceptions are 12 Refer to Appendix B1 13 Refer to Appendix B2 14 Refer to Appendix B3 15 Refer to Appendix C2 Q5 16 Refer to Appendix C2 Q6 ‘Age Limit Analysis of those who opted for an age limit’ 17 Refer to Appendix C2 Q6 ‘Age profiling breakdown of those who voted for 16/21 years old as age limit’ 18 Refer to Appendix C2 Q6 ‘Tattoo profiling breakdown of those who voted 16/18/21 years old as age limit’ 19 Refer to Appendix C2 Q6 ‘Analysis of those who say ‘NO’/‘YES’ to Age Limit’ made to circumvent this basic requirement, notwithstanding the alternative bar imposed. The ambiguity of the issue is compounded by the differing and inconclusive standards within P and S, with regards to the exact age limit. Therefore, we render this issue grey. Possible reasons for the difference in standards could be that O is ultimately profit driven, while P and S are consumer-orientated. Firms may exercise a certain level of consumer care, but exceptions are made, to the extent businesses deem fit, to enhance the profit margin. After all, regardless of age, customers are paying the same price, so each person translates to greater revenue. With inherent differences in focus, the performance-expectations gap will be difficult to close, and it is almost impossible to draw a line separating moral from immoral. Issue 2: Performing a Test Patch – Is it ethically acceptable for tattoo firms not to conduct test patches on customers? Overview Little is known of what goes into tattoo inks. The best that most firms can do is to obtain their supplies from trusted sources. Even Mr Richard Tat from Johnny Two-Thumbs Tattoo Studio, who has been in the trade for 31 years, is no exception. Yet, he admits that allergies do occur. Likewise, there is a general trend across tattoo firms that tattoo inks do occasionally cause infections and allergic reactions20. Hence, the absence of performing a test patch on customers to test for possible allergies or skin reactions to the inks used raises the question: Is it unethical for firms not to administer test patches? Ethical Analysis Organisational aspect None of our case study firms administer test patches on customers, deeming it unnecessary. Jerry from Sacred Needles explains, “no one has asked for it” and good hygiene standards suffice. Furthermore, the time delay in having...
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