Dust Episode

Announcement on the Dust in the Atmosphere of Cyprus

23rd of December 2017

The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, announces that today, 23rd of December 2017 at 07:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of  286 μg/m3 and minimum value of 103  μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). 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. Yesterday, Friday, 22 of December 2017, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 122 and 527 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 circulating outdoors 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 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.

Date: 23.12.2017