Radio remote control for hose reels

Farm equipment, pesticide applicator hose reel

Photos by: Kit Galvin

Easier, safer, and faster. Control the reel as you apply.

idea iconIdea...

An applicator wanted to make application in the greenhouse more efficient. Using the remote control prevents tangled hoses and reduces the spraying time. It’s safer and you don’t need to haul the hose.


"It makes the application 10 times easier. You’re less likely to trip over the hose or knock over the plants."
Greenhouse supervisor

alert iconAlert

Check the batteries on the remote control before each application to ensure the remote is working. Replace batteries before they run out.



setup iconSetup & use

  • Consult with an electrician to select and safely install the remote.
  • Wear the remote controller under PPE.
  • Control the remote from outside the PPE.
  • Start with the hose extended.
  • Apply pesticides moving towards the reel cart. Reel in the hose as you go.


supplies iconSupplies

  • Powered hose reel
  • Radio controller
  • Hand held remote
Farm equipment, hose reel
Radio controller installed on hose reel.
Handheld remote control
Handheld remote control.


tips iconTips

  • Use the remote control hose reel both outside and inside the greenhouse.
  • Select a simple, sturdy, waterproof remote with control push buttons that can be used when worn under PPE.
  • Watch for pinch points when using a hose reel.


Educational Materials

Health and Safety for Greenhouses and Nurseries
Slips, Trips, and Falls pages 50 - 52
WorkSafe BC. (The regulatory information is for British Columbia)

Walkways Self-Inspection Checklist
Oregon OSHA

Workplace Regulations for Walking Surfaces

Federal OSHA

Washington State (Washington Administrative Code)

Oregon State (Oregon Administrative Rules)

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We hope that you are inspired to use these solutions in your workplace. Did you try one of the practical solutions or develop a new one? We would appreciate hearing about your ideas and experiences.

Thank you and safe pesticide handling,

Contact your state agency for more information on WPS regulations. The content of this website is for informational purposes only. It may need modification to fit your needs or it may not be appropriate for your workplace. Safe use of these solutions is your responsibility. The University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety & Health Center is not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from the use of the information provided on this website.

PNASH Project 2016-2021 (CDC/NIOSH Cooperative Agreement # U54 OH007544)

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Kit Galvin
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