The government is set to undertake a review of all UK health and safety legislation, work and pensions minister Chris Grayling will announce.
It is expected that regulations that are putting an unnecessary burden on business will be scrapped, while high-risk sites should get more focus.
The proposals include removing automatic health and safety checks for responsible employers, instead switching attention to high-risk sites or rogue employers.
As previously suggested in a leaked letter obtained by the BBC's File on Four Programme, the number of UK inspections will also be cut by a third.
There is also concern about a raft of unqualified health and safety consultants who have created many of the UK's most unworkable health and safety recommendations.
A new group of qualified consultants will be made available to businesses instead.
Mr Grayling will tell a conference in London today: "Of course it is right to protect employees in the workplace, but Britain's health and safety culture is also stifling business and holding back economic growth."
Commenting on the proposed reforms, David Frost, director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Simplifying and codifying health and safety laws will help employers spend less time on tick box exercises, and more time focusing on growing their businesses."Have an interest in this subject? Why not visit the news section of our site to search our archive for related stories.