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Repetitive Motion Disorders

Repetitive Motion Disorders

Set Strength = Recommended value (probably = Light)

Set Physical Demand - Fingering = Occasional

Avoid Temperament R (Repetitive / Short Cycle work)

Rationale: Some or all of these areas can be significantly restricted by impairment of the upper extremities. Follow medical advice carefully, but try to assign ratings at levels anticipated with maximum medical improvement. Occasional fingering may be sustainable (up to 1/3 of a workday) by persons with repetitive motion disorders.

Impact: With the exception of Strength, none of these variables is severely restrictive of the occupational database. Occasional Fingering as a filter still enables consideration of 5,739 occupations. For example, Temperament factor R (Repetitive) when avoided eliminates nearly 46% of the occupations.

CAUTION: While it is tempting to choose only "Occasional" Reaching and Handling, setting either of these characteristics below "Frequent" eliminates more than 90% of all occupations in the DOT. Occasional reaching eliminates 91.6% of occupations; occasional handling eliminates 92.2% of the occupations. Study physical demands to clearly understand the impact of how these ratings were assigned by the DOL in the Revised Handbook for Analyzing Jobs - Chapter 12

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