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Labour Ministry issues dust alert

January 24, 2019 at 11:35am

Dust levels are above average with the Labour Ministry on Thursday urging vulnerable groups to avoid outdoor activities.

In a statement on its website, the Department of Labour Inspection said, that at 10 am on Thursday, the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 103 μg/m3 and minimum value of 42 μg/m(micrograms per cubic meter).

“It is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/mas defined by the relative legislation,” it said.

Yesterday, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 22 and 72 μg/m3 depending on the location.

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, the Ministry said.

“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,” it concluded.

More information on the measured pollutant concentrations is available online through the dedicated 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.

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