Prime Minister David Cameron said in January 2012 that his new year's resolution was to "kill off the health and safety culture for good".
Health and safety legislation has become an "albatross around the neck of British businesses", costing them billions of pounds a year and leaving entrepreneurs in fear of speculative claims, he said.
He added: "This coalition has a clear new year's resolution: to kill off thehealth and safety culture for good.
"I want 2012 to go down in history not just as Olympics year or Diamond Jubilee year, but the year we get a lot of this pointless time-wasting out ofthe British economy and British life once and for all."
"I don't think there's any one single way you can cut back the health and safety monster," said Mr Cameron.
"You've got to look at the quantity of rules - and we're cutting them back; you've got to look at the way they're enforced."
Mr Cameron said that the health and safety culture "saps personal responsibility and drains enterprise".
"Building our economy up to strength requires a real pioneering, risk-taking spirit - and today we are smothering it in bubble wrap and red tape," he warned. "This must stop."