Purpose: VCWS 9 assesses whole body range of motion, agility, and stamina through gross body movements of the trunk, arms, hands, legs, and fingers. The effects of kneeling, bending, stooping, repeated crouching, and overhead reaching on various work-related physical skills are assessed. The work sample simulates light work and assesses the following physical demands: stooping, crouching, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, near visual acuity, depth perception, and other visual abilities. Significant manual dexterity, finger dexterity, motor coordination, and form perception abilities are called for to perform the work sample at a competitive level.
The work sample elicits information on several worker characteristics, including, among others, stamina, ability to follow instructions, communication skills, frustration tolerance, and self-confidence.
The work sample is particularly suited to various work-hardening purposes.
Design: Hands-on work sample hardware used to transfer three plastic forms onto four separate panels.
Special Features: Scores may be interpreted against criterion-referenced standards, supplied norms, or locally developed norms. It is appropriate for use with disabled or nondisabled persons. Special administration procedures and hardware have been developed so that the work sample may be used with visually impaired or blind persons. (order: VCWS#9 B-Kit)
Information Collected: The work sample has been analyzed according to U.S. Department of Labor job analysis techniques. The result of the analysis is a list of rated DOL work-related abilities and other factors required for successful work sample performance. Valpar uses Methods-Time Measurement (MTM) to establish industrial work rate standards for the work sample. Successful performance requires a variety of DOL aptitudes, physical demands, and other factors. The evaluator uses learning curve adjusted MTM standards to determine whether the evaluee has demonstrated the work sample’s Worker Qualifications Profile. Unadjusted MTM standards are also given for both standard exercise transfers and non-standard transfer arrangements.
Procedure: There are four exercises (or transfers). The evaluee is positioned in front of the work sample with the frame adjusted to approximately six inches above his or her head. The evaluee must first transfer the three colored forms, one at a time, from shoulder height to overhead. The evaluee then transfers the forms to waist level, while bending forward at the waist. The forms are then transferred to knee level while the evaluee kneels or crouches. Finally, the forms are transferred from knee level back to shoulder height. In each case, the evaluee must first remove a total of 22 nuts, then use them to fasten down the transferred forms, using one hand at a time.
In the standard administration, the evaluee is asked a series of questions pertaining to pain and/or fatigue after each of the four exercises are completed. Evaluee responses are color-coded and recorded on “Body Charts.”
Components: The work sample consists of a two-part frame of steel tubing, 36″ wide and adjustable in 3″ increments from 5’9″ to 7’3″ in height. There are three work panels attached to the frame. A fourth diagonal panel is attached to the bottom work panel and separates that panel into two parts. The diagonal panel has three permanently mounted forms on it. Each of the four work areas (panels 1, 2, 3, and 4) has permanently mounted bolts to hold three plastic forms: a black triangle, a white square, and a red kidney. These forms are fastened to the panel with small stainless steel nuts for shipping. These should be removed and replaced with the included white plastic nuts when setting up the work sample for use. A nut tray is attached to the steel frame at the top center of Panel 3.
Also included with the work sample are a manual, a pad of 100 score sheets, and a pad of 100 Body Position charts.
Shipping Size and Weight: 1 carton @ 38″ x 50″ x 24″ – 86 lbs.