Those Who Know Don't Tell

The Ongoing Battle For Workers' Health, Narrated by Studs Terkel

This lively, documentary traces the history of the struggle to rid the workplace of occupational hazards. Using archival footage, union songs and interviews, it tells its story both from the point of view of the labor activists and those within the medical profession who became their advocates.

The fight for occupational health began almost one hundred years ago with Dr. Alice Hamilton's discovery of lead-caused industrial disease. She was followed by others such as Dr. Harriet Hardy of M.I.T., who discovered the dangers of beryllium. More recently, Dr. Irving Selikoff uncovered the danger of asbestos to workers and publicized his findings despite pressure from the asbestos industry to silence him.

Through tragedies such as the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, unions and workers began effective organizing for occupational safety. This powerful discussion starter should be shown in courses dealing with labor, American history, community medicine and public health.


Bronze Award, Houston International Film Festival, 1991
Silver Hugo, Chicago International Film Festival, 1991
Silver Apple, National Educational Film Festival, 1990


"With fast-paced segments and a lively musical score, this film keeps reminding us that we all have a stake in the safety of workers because it is only a matter of time before the hazards workers face will soon be confronting us all." - Dr. Linda Murray, American Public Health Association
"The best film introduction to occu-pational health in the U.S. today." - David Michaels, Ph.D., Dir., Montefiore Div. of Public Health
"This video belongs in all college libraries!" - Choice

Those Who Know Don't Tell


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