Increased dust in the atmosphere of Cyprus

Increased dust in the atmosphere of Cyprus

The average hourly concentrations of inhalable particulates with a diameter of less than 10 μm (PM10) in the atmosphere, on Monday at 10 am, were increased and ranged between 33 μg/m3 and 152 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), and it is therefore expected that the average 24 hour value will exceed the corresponding 50 μg/m3 limit value set in the relevant legislation, announced the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance. The last 24-hour average value for Sunday, November 26, 2017 ranged between 24 and 48 μg/m3 depending on the area.

Due to the small size of inhalable particulate matter and its possible adverse effect on human health, the public and particularly vulnerable population groups (children, the elderly and the patients) are advised to avoid circulating in open spaces until the observed phenomenon has passed.

Employers are also required to take the appropriate measures (organizational or technical), as they assess the risks to employees in open spaces. In addition, it is recommended that workers in open spaces use appropriate personal protective equipment.

More information and on-line information on measurement results can be found on the specialized website www.airquality.gov.cy and in the Air Quality Cyprus application, which can be installed for free on your mobile phone from Google Play and the iOS App Store./IBNA