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above-shoulder work

Defined by Matheson as high-level work requiring some degree of shoulder flexion/abduction. In actuality, the more appropriate phrase is “above eye-level work.”
 

accommodation

An adjustment of the lens of the eye to bring an object into sharp focus, as defined by the Revised Handbook for Analyzing Jobs. This factor is required when doing near-point work at varying distances from the eye. In Part A of “Selected Characteristics of Occupations Defined” in the revised Dictionary of Occupational Titles, the rating for the accommodation component appears eight in the second set of physical demand ratings under the vertical heading “Ac.”
 

agility

The ability to stop, start, and change the direction of the body or body parts in a controlled manner.
 

angular acceleration

The rate at which velocity (speed) changes about an axis of rotation.
 

angular velocity

The speed at which a limb’s position relative to the adjacent limb changes about an axis of rotation.
 

anthropometry

The science that studies and characterizes the measurements of the human body, such as size, mass, shape, and inertial properties.

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