When the claimant’s exertional RFC and vocational factors of age, education, and past
work experience meet the criteria of a rule, the issues of work adjustment and existence
of work in the national economy for the claimant are resolved.
If the rule directs a determination of:
not disabled, the rule supports our finding that the claimant can adjust to other
work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy; or
disabled, the rule supports our finding that the claimant is not capable of adjusting
to other work that exists in significant numbers in the national economy.
IMPORTANT: If the claimant has impairment-related exertional and nonexertional limitations, and
the applicable exertional rule would result in a finding of disabled, use that rule
to direct a medical-vocational allowance.
EXAMPLE: A 55-year-old claimant with a high school education and unskilled past work experience
has a light RFC and nonexertional limitations of occasional bilateral handling. The
claimant meets the criteria of rule 202.04 considering his exertional limitations
only. The decision column for that rule says “disabled”. Use rule 202.04 to direct
a determination of disability. Do not consider the additional impact occasional handling
would have on the light occupational base.