Vulnerable groups advised to be cautious due to high levels of dust in the atmosphere

Dust levels are high on Thursday in the Cyprus atmosphere and the vulnerable groups are advised to be cautious and abstain from outdoor activities.

In particular the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance announced that on Thursday at 7:00 a.m local time, the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 243 g/m3 and minimum value of 93 g/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).

Consequently, it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 g/m3 as defined by the relative legislation. Yesterday, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 38 and 78 g/m3depending on the location.

The Department points out that because of the small size of the respirable particles and their negative effect on human health, the public and especially the vulnerable groups of population (children, older people, and patients) are advised to avoid outdoor activities and exercising in open spaces during this event.

Also, it is required that the employers take the appropriate measures (organizational or technical) after assessing the risks that their employees are facing while working in open spaces. Moreover, it is recommended that the workers in open spaces use appropriate means of personal protection.

More information on the measured pollutant concentrations is available online through the website maintained by DLI at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free application Air Quality Cyprus on the Google Play and iOS App Store.

Source: Cyprus News Agency