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.

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)


Regarding diagnosis

Regarding diagnosis:
  • Did individual have fever and chills? Signs of local infection such as redness, warmth, and purulent material under the skin or draining from an open wound? Other signs consistent with systemic infection?
  • Was there an open wound from injury or history of recent surgery? Does individual have an implanted device, prosthesis, IV line, or urinary catheter?
  • Were heart irregularities or lung sounds suggestive of pneumonia noted on physical examination?
  • Does individual have chronic illness such as diabetes or COPD? Cancer? A history of recent hospitalization or surgery?
  • Is individual a nursing mother?
  • Is individual receiving immunosuppressant therapy (e.g., chemotherapy, radiation, corticosteroids)?
  • Does individual have HIV infection/AIDS or other immune system disease?
  • Was a culture done of wound drainage, sinus drainage, sputum, blood or urine sample, aspirated spinal fluid or bone marrow? Was it positive for S. aureus?
  • Did sensitivity results indicate MRSA? Was appropriate antibiotic therapy determined?
  • Have appropriate diagnostic tests been done to assess systemic infection, including CBC, chemistry panel, CRP, ESR, and urine tests? Was chest x-ray done? TEE?
  • Have conditions with similar symptoms been ruled out?
  • Is this a case of HA-MRSA or CA-MRSA?

Regarding treatment:

  • Was individual hospitalized at the time of diagnosis?
  • Was local infection or abscess drained of infected material?
  • Were antibiotics administered immediately, before culture and sensitivity results were available?
  • Was the antibiotic drug changed after sensitivity results revealed a more effective agent? Was a combination of antibiotics given?
  • Was it necessary to surgically remove and replace an implanted device, heart valve, or prosthesis?
  • If individual was receiving immunosuppressant therapy, was it discontinued during treatment for infection?

Regarding prognosis:

  • Is individual older than age 65?
  • Does individual have poor health status due to chronic or debilitating disease? Is it likely to affect recovery?
  • Did individual require surgery to remove and replace a device or prosthesis? Was hospital stay increased? Is recovery period increased?
  • Have complications developed, such as septicemia, cellulitis, endocarditis, pneumonia, and toxic shock syndrome?
  • Did individual have organ failure as a result of systemic infection?
  • How are complications being treated? Was hospital stay increased? Is recovery period increased?
  • Has infection recurred since treatment was completed?
  • Is employer able to accommodate any restrictions?

Source: Medical Disability Advisor