Written answers

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Department of Social Protection

Social Welfare Code

9:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 326: To ask the Minister for Social Protection the definition of light work as in the case of a person (details supplied) in County Kildare; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [9173/12]

Photo of Joan BurtonJoan Burton (Minister, Department of Social Protection; Dublin West, Labour)
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Light category work involves a mix of sitting, standing and walking. It may also involve some occasional exertion. The following are examples of light categories of work: assembly, packing, sorting, systems surveillance, security, stocking, office work, and sales assistant. Light work may be defined as follows: “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 of the time, the job is rated light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.” (Reed P. 1997. The Medical Disability Advisor . Reed Group, CO. USA.)

Evidence based medicine suggests that a return to work, where possible, offers the best outcome for most patients. Of course, further medical evidence can always be submitted if there is a change in circumstances and the case will be re-considered.

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