Purpose: To assess various physical capacities while simulating work of a shipping and receiving clerk. The work sample assesses strength levels ranging from sedentary to very heavy, and makes the following physical demands, among others: reaching, handling, near acuity, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and visual accommodation. Significant clerical perception, motor coordination, and manual dexterity are called for to perform the work sample at a competitive level.
The work sample elicits information on several worker characteristics, including the evaluee’s ability to follow instructions, concentration skills, communication skills, frustration control, and self-confidence. The work sample is very well suited to work-hardening applications.
Design: Hands-on work sample divided into two sections with 28 separate exercises. The first section establishes the evaluee’s appropriate working strength level. The second section consists of a 20 minute endurance exercise that is performed at the strength level established in the first section.
Special Features: Scores may be interpreted against criterion-referenced standards or locally developed norms. The work sample is appropriate for use with disabled and nondisabled persons.
Information Collected: The work sample exercises have been analyzed according to U.S. Department of Labor job analysis techniques. Successful performance requires a variety of DOL aptitudes, physical demands, and other factors, known as the Worker Qualifications Profile or WQP.
Valpar uses Methods-Time Measurement (MTM) to establish industrial work rate standards for the exercises. The evaluator uses learning curve adjusted accuracy and MTM standards to determine whether the evaluee has demonstrated the work sample exercises’ WQP. Unadjusted MTM standards are also given for both single and multiple administrations of the exercises.
Procedures: The work sample takes approximately 45 minutes. Due to the short duration of the first several strength levels of the first section of the work sample, multiple administrations of these exercises are recommended (but not required) for the purpose of establishing a WQP.
The “Strength” section is administered first. Exercises are administered at increasing weight levels until the evaluee’s lifting capacity has been established. Once the evaluee’s weight-lifting limit has been established, the exercises at that level are repeated over a 20 minute period to assess the evaluee’s “Endurance” for work at that strength level.
The evaluee reads an invoice, locates a shipping carton, removes the carton from a shelf, packs the carton according to varying invoice directions, weighs the carton, and places it in a shipping area. The evaluee then recycles the materials in a “receiving” operation.
The evaluator continually assesses the evaluee’s level of discomfort and records the evaluee’s responses on supplied body charts.
- 1 storage unit with three shelves, 49 3/4″ x 18″ x 68 1/2″
- 1 table for scale, 15″ x 15″ x 17 1/2″
- 1 scale
- 1 3-step, industrial ladder (twin front, 300 lb. rating)
- 4 shipping cartons @ 5 lbs.
- 2 shipping cartons @ 27 1/2 lbs.
- 3 shipping cartons @ 42 1/2 lbs.
- 12 hexagon shaped weights @ 2 1/2 lbs.
- 12 round shaped weights @ 2 1/2 lbs.
- 1 package of 8 laminated invoice sheets
- 1 pad of 100 scoring sheets
- 1 pad of daily shipping logs – strength
- 1 pad of daily shipping logs – endurance (sedentary / light)
- 1 pad of daily shipping logs-endurance (medium/heavy)
- 1 clipboard
- 1 6 ft. cloth tape
- 1 manual
Shipping Size and Weight: Frames – 72″ x 25″ x 72″ – 200 lbs.
2 Cartons – 17″ x 20″ x 24″ – 150lbs and 158 lbs
Note: these will be packed on a Pallet (40″ x 48″ x 31″ – 326lbs)