With the right lighting, you have completed your work station. As you settle in, the phone rings and you pick up the handset. You might not think talking on the phone puts you at risk of injury, but depending on how you hold the phone, it definitely can.

Workplace telephone conversations often require us to multitask. Whether you’re sitting at a desk or in the field on a smart phone, you may need to type notes into a computer or tablet, or write something down on a notepad. As a result, you can wind up craning your neck to one side, pinning the phone against their shoulder.

It’s understandable why people do this—pinning the phone gives us the freedom to use our hands for something else. But it also can result in static loading, which puts a strain on the head and neck muscles and can lead to short or long-term pain or injury.

The good news is there’s an easy solution—headsets. Check out this video from State Fund for more information.

You’ll find a variety of headsets in local stores and online. With wired and wireless options available, you can select the style that best fits your employees’ needs.

Using a headset allows you to maintain good posture and avoid putting your head and neck in awkward positions. This immediately provides a more comfortable and productive work environment. And you can take the phone off the list of risky tools in the workplace.

For help in designing a workstation, download our checklist.

The above evaluations and/or recommendations are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon for medical advice or legal compliance purposes. They are based solely on the information provided to us and relate only to those conditions specifically discussed. We do not make any warranty, expressed or implied, that your workplace is safe or healthful or that it complies with all laws, regulations or standards.