Activity 4: Picking up and moving or transferring

Activity 4 is defined in regulations as - 

Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms (excluding standing, sitting, bending or kneeling and all other activities specified in this Schedule).

Activity 4 assesses the ability to pick up a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid and transfer it at waist level, a level that requires neither bending down and lifting, nor reaching upwards. A claimant's upper limb power, joint movement and coordination may have to be considered.


The descriptor relating to Activity 4 is -

Cannot pick up and move a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid.


See also section of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.

Case law

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