Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Job Classification

In most duration tables, five job classifications are displayed. These job classifications are based on the amount of physical effort required to perform the work. The classifications correspond to the Strength Factor classifications described in the United States Department of Labor's Dictionary of Occupational Titles. The following definitions are quoted directly from that publication.

Sedentary Work Exerting up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time, but may involve walking or standing for brief periods of time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and other sedentary criteria are met.

Light Work Exerting up to 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Physical demand requirements are in excess of those for Sedentary Work. Light Work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree. However, if the use of the arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most the time, the job is rated Light Work.

Medium Work Exerting up to 50 (22.7 kg) pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds (11.3 kg) of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) of forces constantly to move objects.

Heavy Work Exerting up to 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

Very Heavy Work Exerting in excess of 100 pounds (45.4 kg) of force occasionally, and/or in excess of 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of force frequently, and/or in excess of 20 pounds (9.1 kg) of force constantly to move objects.

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Abdominal Muscle Strain
 
Achilles Bursitis Or Tendinitis
 
Adhesive Capsulitis Of Shoulder
 
Alcohol And Drug Detoxification And Rehabilitation
 
Alcoholism
 
Amputation (Traumatic), Foot
 
Amputation (Traumatic), Lower Extremity
 
Amputation, Finger Or Thumb
 
Amputation, Toe
 
Arthralgia
 
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
 
Arthropathy
 
Arthroplasty, Ankle
 
Arthroplasty, Elbow
 
Arthroplasty, Shoulder
 
Atrophy, Muscular (Progressive)
 
Biceps Tendinitis
 
Biofeedback
 
Bone Spur
 
Bone Tumors (Benign And Malignant)
 
Brachial Neuropathy
 
Cancer, Breast
 
Carpal Tunnel Release
 
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
 
Cerebral Hemorrhage
 
Cerebral Palsy
 
Cerebrovascular Accident
 
Cervical Disc Disorder With Myelopathy
 
Cervicobrachial Syndrome
 
Chemonucleolysis Of Intervertebral Disc
 
Chiropractic Adjustments And Manipulations
 
Coccygodynia
 
Compartment Syndrome
 
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
 
Contusion, Lower Limb
 
Contusion, Trunk
 
Contusion, Upper Limb
 
Curvature Of The Spine, Acquired
 
De Quervain's Release
 
Degeneration, Cervical Intervertebral Disc
 
Degeneration, Lumbar Intervertebral Disc
 
Degeneration, Thoracic Or Thoracolumbar Intervertebral Disc
 
Dementia, Alzheimer's Type, With Delusions (Late Onset)
 
Discectomy
 
Dislocation
 
Dislocation, Acromioclavicular Joint
 
Dislocation, Cervical Vertebra
 
Dislocation, Femorotibial (Knee) Joint
 
Dislocation, Foot
 
Dislocation, Glenohumeral
 
Dislocation, Patella (Kneecap)
 
Dislocation, Sternoclavicular Joint
 
Displacement, Cervical Intervertebral Disc Without Myelopathy
 
Displacement, Thoracic Intervertebral Disc Without Myelopathy
 
Dupuytren's Contracture
 
Dupuytren's Release
 
Encephalopathy
 
Epicondylitis, Medial And Lateral
 
Excision Of Bone Spur, Foot
 
Excision, Fusion, And Repair Of Toes
 
Fasciotomy
 
Fibromyalgia
 
Fracture
 
Fracture, Ankle
 
Fracture, Calcaneus
 
Fracture, Carpal Bones
 
Fracture, Cervical Spine (With Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Cervical Spine (Without Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Clavicle
 
Fracture, Femoral Neck
 
Fracture, Femur
 
Fracture, Fingers And Thumb
 
Fracture, Forefoot (Sesamoid, Phalanges)
 
Fracture, Humerus, Distal
 
Fracture, Humerus, Proximal
 
Fracture, Lumbosacral Spine (With Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Lumbosacral Spine (Without Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Metacarpal Bones
 
Fracture, Metatarsal Bones
 
Fracture, Midfoot (Cuboid, Cuneiform, Navicular)
 
Fracture, Patella
 
Fracture, Pelvis
 
Fracture, Radius And Ulna, Distal
 
Fracture, Radius, Proximal
 
Fracture, Rib
 
Fracture, Sacrum
 
Fracture, Scapula
 
Fracture, Skull (Closed)
 
Fracture, Sternum (Closed)
 
Fracture, Thoracic Spine (With Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Thoracic Spine (Without Spinal Cord Injury)
 
Fracture, Tibia Or Fibula
 
Fracture, Vertebra
 
Fracture, Vertebra (Pathological)
 
General Paresis
 
Groin Strain
 
Guillain-Barré Syndrome
 
Hemiplegia
 
Hip Replacement, Total
 
Impingement Syndrome
 
Insect Or Spider Bites And Stings
 
Intestinal Obstruction
 
Iontophoresis
 
Joint Disorders
 
Knee Replacement, Total
 
Loose Bodies, Knee
 
Low Back Pain
 
Major Neurocognitive Disorder
 
Malunion And Nonunion Of Fracture
 
Mastoidectomy
 
Meniscectomy And Meniscus Repair
 
Meniscus Disorders, Knee
 
Metatarsalgia
 
Multiple Sclerosis
 
Muscle Injury
 
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
 
Neck Pain
 
Neuropathy Of Radial Nerve (Entrapment)
 
Neuropathy Of Ulnar Nerve (Entrapment)
 
Occupational Therapy
 
Open Wound, Back
 
Osteoarthritis
 
Osteochondritis Dissecans
 
Paget's Disease Of Bone
 
Paget's Disease Of Breast
 
Panic Disorder With Agoraphobia
 
Patella Chondromalacia
 
Phencyclidine Use Disorder
 
Phobic Disorders
 
Physical Therapy
 
Plantar Fasciitis
 
Poisoning, Iron
 
Poisoning, Vitamin A
 
Poisoning, Vitamin D
 
Poisoning, Vitamin K
 
Polio
 
Polymyalgia Rheumatica
 
Polysubstance Dependence
 
Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
 
Post-Polio Syndrome
 
Psoriatic Arthritis
 
Reduction Of Fracture Or Dislocation
 
Rehabilitation Therapy
 
Repair (Reconstruction), Anterior Cruciate Ligament
 
Repair, Tendon Laceration Of Hand
 
Rib Resection
 
Rotator Cuff Repair
 
Rotator Cuff Syndrome
 
Rotator Cuff Tear
 
Ruptured Biceps Tendon (Traumatic And Nontraumatic)
 
Ruptured Quadriceps Tendon
 
Scleroderma
 
Shin Splints
 
Spinal Fusion
 
Spinal Stenosis
 
Spondylolisthesis
 
Spondylolysis, Lumbar Region
 
Sprains And Strains
 
Sprains And Strains, Back
 
Sprains And Strains, Cervical Spine (Neck)
 
Sprains And Strains, Elbow
 
Sprains And Strains, Hand Or Fingers
 
Sprains And Strains, Knee
 
Sprains And Strains, Lumbar Spine
 
Sprains And Strains, Shoulder And Upper Arm
 
Sprains And Strains, Shoulder Joint Capsule And Rotator Cuff
 
Sprains And Strains, Wrist
 
Sprains, Acromioclavicular Joint
 
Strains, Biceps Tendon
 
Synovial Cyst
 
Synovitis
 
Syringomyelia
 
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
 
Tendon Sheath Incision
 
Tenosynovitis
 
Tenosynovitis, Radial Styloid
 
Tenotomy
 
Tension Headache
 
Thoracic Disc Disorder With Myelopathy
 
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
 
Thoracic Spine Pain
 
Torticollis
 
Traction
 
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation
 
Trigger Finger Or Thumb
 
Ultrasound, Therapeutic
 
Vitamin E Deficiency
 
Vocational Therapy



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