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Labour Ministry issues dust warning

February 26, 2019 at 1:02pm
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The Department of Labour Inspection has issued a dust warning saying that at  12:00 on Tuesday,  the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometrers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 134 μg/m3 and minimum value of 33 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre).

“Consequently it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/m3 as defined by the relative legislation,” it said.

Yesterday, Monday, February 25, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 18 and 54 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.

Also, it is required that the employers take the appropriate measures (organisational 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 dedicated website maintained by DLI at www.airquality.gov.cy, and also through the free application “Air Quality Cyprus” for Android devices on the Google Play.