Fire Risk Assessment Safety Checklist

This checklist has been prepared to help you comply with The Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005.

What is the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005?

The Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005 came into force on 1 October 2006, and replaced over 70 separate pieces of fire safety legislation.

What do I have to do?

The Order places a duty on a 'responsible person' (usually the owner, employer or occupier of business or industrial premises) to carry out a fire risk assessment. Responsible persons under the Order are required, following a risk assessment, to implement appropriate fire safety measures to minimise the risk to life from fire; and to keep the assessment up to date.

What does a fire risk assessment involve?

There are 5 key steps in a fire safety risk assessment:

  1. Identify fire hazards - eg, how could a fire start? what could burn?
  2. Consider the people who may be a risk - eg, employees, visitors to the premises, and anyone who may be particularly vulnerable such as children, the elderly and disabled people.
  3. Evaluate and act - think about what you have found in steps 1 and 2 and remove and reduce any risks to protect people and premises.
  4. Record, plan and train - keep a record of what risks you identified and what actions you have taken to reduce or remove them. Make a clear plan of how to prevent fires and, should a fire start, you will keep people safe. Make sure your staff know what to do in the event of a fire and if necessary that they are trained for their roles.
  5. Review - regularly review your risk assessment to ensure it remains up to date and reflects and changes that may have occurred.

Am I responsible if my fire safety equipment fails?

Under the Regulatory Reform Order (RRO) all fire precautions must be maintained in efficient working order and good repair so if any failure is due to lack of maintenance, then you could be held responsible. However, where maintenance contracts exist for the equipment, the enforcers may take action against the contractor.

What is a competent person?

A competent person is someone with enough training and experience or knowledge and other qualities to be able to implement these measures properly.


The local fire and Rescue authority has the power to inspect your premises. They will look for evidence that you have carried out a suitable fire risk assessment and acted on it.

Fire Risk Assessment Form

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