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Labour Ministry issues advice over increased dust in atmosphere

October 18, 2018 at 9:14am
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Dust levels are above average levels with the Labour Ministry on Thursday urging vulnerable groups to avoid outdoor activities while those working outside should take suitable precautionary measures.

In an announcement on its website, the Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour said that today, October 18, at 7:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 271 μg/m3 and minimum value of 99 μg/m(micrograms per cubic metre).

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

Yesterday, Wednesday, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 31 and 79 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” on the Google Play and iOS App Store.