The analysis of the productive process and work conditions in companies of lead-acid batteries presents a range of more complete information than the ones that have been discussed for others companies up to now for its low technology profile. The present study analyzes the productive process of two industries of batteries in Rio de Janeiro. The used methodology approaches the subject in a qualitative point of view, using tools as: worker's structured interviews and analysis of the work conditions, under an environmental concept. Thus, the main objective of this paper is to present a methodology including environment concept on work conditions and point out the inherent risks of these activities by construction of risk's maps. The results has suggested some recommendations, based on scientific knowledge so as safety and occupational health norms, adopted in Brazilian Legislation. Besides that it is pointed out the absolute necessity of general discussion with laborers’ participation.
Working conditions; Acid-lead battery factories; Risks maps; Lead contamination; Air pollution