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High concentrations of dust in the air today

Recommendations from the Department of Labor Inspection

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High concentrations of dust are expected in the skies today, March 3, 2023, according to measurements from the ground stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network of the Labour Inspections Department.

According to measurements from the Air Quality Monitoring Network of the Labour Inspectorate Department of Labour Inspection, high dust concentrations are observed in the atmosphere today, 3 March 2023.

Since these types of dust contain small inhalable particles that are likely to harm human health, the general public, particularly vulnerable groups (children, the elderly, and the sick), are advised to avoid spending time outdoors until the dust subsides.

Employers should take appropriate measures (both organizational and/or technical) after assessing the risks to their employees in open spaces, and workers in such areas should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

For reference, the most recent hourly dust concentration values measured at 7:00 a.m. in the following locations were:

Nicosia: 88,7 μg/m3

Limassol: 81,3 μg/m3

Larnaca: 66,2 μg/m3

Paralimni: 65,5 μg/m3

Paphos: 63.5 μg/m3

Zygi: 54,4 μg/m3

Agia Marina Xyliatou: 48,0 μg/m3

It should be noted that the term "dust" refers to breathable particulate matter in the atmosphere with a diameter of less than 10 m. (PM10). According to the relevant legislation, the limit value refers to the daily average value and must not exceed 50 g/m3 (micrograms per cubic metre).

More information and continuous, real-time updates on the results of the hourly measurements can be found on the website and on the free "Air Quality Cyprus" app for mobile phones.


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