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What Does Social Security Consider Basic Work-Related Activities?

By Kenton Koszdin on August 2, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

What Does Social Security Consider Basic Work-Related Activities?

At the second step of the sequential evaluation process, the Social Security Administration (SSA) considers the medical severity of an individual’s impairment(s). An individual must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment (or a combination of impairments) that is severe and meets the duration requirement. For an impairment to be sufficiently severe under the Social Security Act, impairment or impairments must interfere with basic work-related activities. What activities are considered “basic work-related activities” under the Act?

Basic work-related activities include physical activities such as lifting, carrying, standing, walking, sitting, pushing, pulling, as well as the “nonexertional” activities rated in the Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined in the Revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles (SCO). Basic work-related activities also include mental activities such as the ability to understand, carry out, and remember simple instructions, as well as the ability to make simple, work-related judgments and decisions. Mental activities also include the ability to respond appropriately to supervision, coworkers and work situations, and the ability to deal with changes in a routine work setting.

The SSA defines a “severe” impairment as one that significantly limits a person’s ability to perform at least one work-related activity such as:

  • walking, sitting, standing, pushing, pulling, lifting, and carrying;
  • hearing, speaking, and seeing;
  • understanding and following simple directions; and
  • interacting with co-workers and supervisors, as well as adjusting to changes in the workplace.

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