Dust Episode

Announcement on the Dust in the Atmosphere of Cyprus



The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, announces that today, 26th of November at 14:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 114 μg/m3 and minimum value of 60 μg/m3. Consequently it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), as defined by the relative legislation. Yesterday, Wednesday 25th of November, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 15 and 53 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, old people and patients) are advised to avoid the 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.




Department of Labour Inspection

Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance