A new warning has been issued for people belonging to vulnerable groups due to the high concentration of dust particles in the atmosphere today.
Due to 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.
In detail, the latest hourly dust concentrations measured at 8:00 am in the following areas were:
Nicosia: 130 μg/m3
Limassol: 97 μg/m3
Larnaca: 75 μg/m3
Paphos: 82 μg/m3
Paralimni: 60 μg/m3
Zygi: 48 μg/m3
Ayia Marina Xyliatou: 45 μg/m3
It is noted that ‘dust’ refers to respirable particulate matter of a diameter smaller than 10 μm (PM10) in the air. According to the relevant legislation, a limit value not to be exceeded is set for the daily average concentrations at 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
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.