High concentration of dust is in the air all across Cyprus and vulnerable groups are warned to be cautious.
This is what the Department of Labour Inspection announced on Wednesday, adding that children, older people and those with respiratory problems are urged to avoid going out.
Because the small size of respirable particles in dust may have negative effects on their health.
Moreover, employers must take appropriate measures (organisational and/or technical) after assessing any risks that their employees may face while working in open spaces, and it is recommended that workers in such spaces use appropriate means of personal protection.
In detail, the latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 8:00 am in the following areas are:
Nicosia: 70.3 μg/m3
Limassol: – μg/m3
Larnaca: 54.3 μg/m3
Paralimni: 63.4 μg/m3
Paphos: 165.2 μg/m3
Zygi: 53.5 μg/m3
Agia Marina Xyliatou: 31.7 μg/m3
It is noted that “dust” refers to respirable particulate matter of a diameter smaller than 10 μm (PM10) in the air.
According to the relevant legislation, a limit value not to be exceeded is set for the daily average concentrations at 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
More information on the measured pollutant concentrations and real-time updates is available online at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free mobile application “Air Quality Cyprus”.