Saturday, December 14, 2019

OccuCollect's Specialized Reports

The frequency of contact with others recurs in residual functional capacity assessments.  OccuCollect added a Contact With Others (CWO) Report as a custom report for subscribers.  The report is generated by entering a DOT code or entering a SOC/O*NET codes and then selecting a DOT code from the list.  The numbers generated reflect occupations with the characteristics as a percentage of the occupational group.  The job numbers reported reflect the Occupational Outlook Handbook, which is based on the Employment Projections published bi-annually by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  What's in the report?

The DOT description contains the full narrative and the trailer information.  It also includes the data-people-things codes as defined in Appendix B of the DOT along with the rating of significant (S) or not significant (N) stated in the complete DOT data set.  In this CWO Report, our focus is typically on the fifth digit of the DOT code, people.  The fourth digit will frequently come into play.  Data addresses people in compiling (3) and comparing (6).  The sixth digit is important for contact with others in terms of driving-operating (3).

The OOH states the basic summary for the occupational group:  entry-level education, work experience needed, on-the-job training, and number of jobs.  The CWO report contains the hyperlinks to the OOH page, the Employment Projections list of education and training by occupational group, the employment projections listing industry employment for that occupation, and the entire industry-occupation matrix, by occupation.

The O*NET OnLine data in the CWO Report includes:
  1. Contact with Others
  2. Coordinate or Lead Others
  3. Deal with External Customers
  4. Face-to-Face Discussions
  5. Work with a Group or Team
  6. Duration of a Typical Work Week
We always need to discard part-time work.  In the absence of a full-time description, further evidence would be necessary to establish that part-time work amounts to substantial gainful activity.

The O*NET Resource Center data sets out the education, training, and experience for the occupational group.  The two data points included are:
  1. On-the-Job Training 
  2. Related Work Experience
The Occupational Requirements Survey reports the education, training, and experience reported by BLS.  We are typically interested in the unskilled employment numbers.  This data gives a third point of reference for establishing Specific Vocational Preparation:  the OOH, the O*NET Resource Center, and the ORS.  The standard OOH report (a free report, no subscription required, just sign in) reports the education level of incumbents.

The OccuCollect Calculator puts the percentage of the group in the five categories from the O*NET for contact and interaction with other people, the O*NET statement about full-time versus part-time work, and also the number of jobs for the SVP levels reported by the ORS.  Here is a sample of the conclusions:
  • Helpers - Production Workers have occasional or no contact with other in 61,700 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers do not coordinate or lead other in 74,821 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers do not work with a group or team in 27,304 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers do not deal with external customers in 202,122 jobs. 
  • Helpers - Production Workers rarely have face-to-face discussions in 36,382 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers have on-the-job training up to one month is 156,804 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers require related work experience up to one month in 145,138 jobs.
  • Helpers - Production Workers work full-time in 211,377 jobs.  
  • Helpers - Production Workers have SVP 2 classification in 242,192 jobs.  
Occasional contact with others will never prove disability by itself.  When coupled with other limitations, we can whittle down the size of the vocational base.  No teamwork or superficial contact with others as implicating one or more of the categories and a limitation to light or sedentary work will leave few jobs available in this category.

The CWO Report joins the easy to use custom reports already in the OccuCollect library;  the Unskilled Exertion Job Number Report; the Sitting, Standing, and Walking Report; the Reaching, Handling, and Fingering Report; and the Lifting & Carrying Report.  Using one or more of these reports reduces the search and calculation time for a post-hearing submission dramatically.  Users can still print to PDF the full reports from each database in the more complex cases.



Lawrence Rohlfing, OccuCollect's Specialized Reports, California Social Security Attorney (December 14, 2019),

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