The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said more than 150 cases had been reported to a panel it set up last year to fightback against "jobsworths" who use safety laws as a ruse to ban legitimate activities, the Sky News reported.
According to officials, people were hiding behind health and safety to cover up bad customer service or because they were afraid of being sued.
Cases referred to the panel included bars refusing to serve pints in glasses with a handle, a hotel saying they could not serve burgers rare, toothpicks removed from a restaurant, shredded paper banned from a school fete, and a birthday party venue which refused to use a bubbles machine.
"The reality is that people hide behind health and safety when there are other reasons for what they're doing," the paper quoted Judith Hackitt, who chairs the HSE, as saying.
In another case, a couple were told that a hotel chambermaid could not make up a cot bed for their son because of health and safety regulations.