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Physical Requirements

Elements of the Job Description

Physical, Environmental, and Regulatory Requirements


Mobility -ability to assist in the movement of objects

  • Sitting
  • Walking
  • Bending
  • Stooping
  • Crawling
  • Standing
  • Lifting
  • Turning
  • Pushing

Dexterity -ability to manipulate objects

  • Reaching
  • Grasping
  • Handling

Visual -ability to recognize, register and respond

  • Color recognition
  • Graphing
  • Calibration
  • Depth perception
  • Reading/Close-up work
  • Communication- ability to understand, respond and translate into action




  • Constant noise
  • Intermittent noise
  • Normal office environment


  • Subject to oscillating movement

Atmospheric conditions

  • Weather conditions
  • Temperature extremes
  • Odor
  • Dust
  • Mist


  • Proximity to moving mechanical parts
  • Electrical current
  • Working in high, exposed places
  • Toxic or caustic chemicals
  • Fumes
  • Radiation
  • Biohazards (airborne or contact exposure to bacterial or viral)
  • Housekeeping and/or cleaning agents
  • Explosive chemicals
  • Flammable, explosive gases
  • Human/ Animal-borne Pathogens

Regulatory and VUMC Policy Requirements

These are mandatory, annual requirements and key VUMC policies that make sure individuals meet the basics for being ready to work here. These are listed in both the job description and the evaluation form (see Regulatory Requirements Checklist on the Evaluation Form).