High concentration of dust is in the air all across Cyprus, it was officially announced on Tuesday.
And the Department of Labour Inspection has called for protective measures to be taken by employers.
The measurements came from ground stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network operated by the Department.
The public, and particularly any vulnerable groups of population such as children, older people and the poor in health were advised to avoid open spaces.
At least until the observed episode elapses since the small size of respirable particles in dust may have negative effects on human health.
In detail, the latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 8:00 am in the following areas are:
In Nicosia 134 mg/m3, in Limassol 81 mg /m3, in Larnaca 81.4 mg /m3, in Pafos 137.6 mg /m3, in Paralimni 66.2 mg /m3, in Zygi 43.9 mg /m3 and in Ayia Marina Xyliatou 47.5 mg /m3.
It is noted that ‘dust’ refers to respirable particulate matter of a diameter smaller than 10 pm (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 mg /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’.