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Sequential evaluation process step IV—How does the department evaluate if I am able to perform relevant past work?

(1) If we neither deny disability at Step 1 or 2 nor approve it at Step 3, we consider our assessment of your physical and/or mental functional capacity, per WAC 388-449-0020 and 388-449-0030, to determine if you can do work you have done in the past.
(2) We evaluate your work experience to determine if you have relevant past work and transferable skills. "Relevant past work" means work:
(a) Defined as substantial gainful activity per WAC 388-449-0005;
(b) You have performed in the past fifteen years; and
(c) You performed long enough to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to continue performing the job. You must meet the specific vocational preparation level as defined in Appendix C of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles.
(3) For each relevant past work situation, we compare:
(a) The exertional, nonexertional, and skill requirements of the job based on the Appendix C of the Dictionary of Occupational Titles; and
(b) Current cognitive, social, exertional, and nonexertional factors that significantly limit your ability to perform past work.
(4) We deny disability when we determine that you are able to perform any of your relevant past work.
(5) We approve disability when you are fifty-five years of age or older and don't have the physical, cognitive, or social ability to perform past work.
[Statutory Authority: 2014 c 218, 2011 1st sp.s. c 15, RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.62.030, 41.05.021, 74.09.035, and 74.09.530. WSR 15-03-031, § 388-449-0080, filed 1/12/15, effective 2/12/15. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.62.030, and 2013 2nd sp.s. c 10. WSR 13-24-040, § 388-449-0080, filed 11/26/13, effective 1/1/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.04.005, 74.04.050, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.04.510, 74.08.090, 74.08A.100, 74.04.770, 74.04.0052, 74.04.655, 74.08.043, 74.08.335, and 2011 1st sp.s. c 36. WSR 12-10-042, § 388-449-0080, filed 4/27/12, effective 6/1/12.]
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