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High dust concentrations pose health risks

Public health in peril due to dust storm


The Air Quality Monitoring Network, operated by the Department of Labour Inspection, has detected elevated concentrations of dust in the atmosphere on Wednesday, raising concerns about potential health risks.

The public, especially vulnerable groups such as children, the elderly, and those with health issues, are advised to avoid outdoor activities until the situation improves due to the adverse effects of fine dust particles on human health.

In compliance with safety regulations outlined in the Safety and Health at Work legislation, employers are obligated to assess potential risks their employees may encounter while working in open spaces.

Subsequently, they must implement suitable measures, both organizational and technical, to ensure the well-being of their workforce. Additionally, it is strongly recommended that individuals working in such conditions use appropriate personal protective equipment.

As of 9 am, the latest recorded hourly dust concentrations in various areas are as follows:

- Nicosia: 147.8 μg/m3
- Limassol: 102.6 μg/m3
- Larnaca: 110.7 μg/m3
- Paralimni: 88.6 μg/m3
- Paphos: 115.1 μg/m3
- Zygi: 49.9 μg/m3
- Ayia Marina Xyliatou: 45.1 μg/m3

It is important to note that the term 'dust' pertains to respirable particulate matter with a diameter less than 10 μm (PM10) suspended in the air. According to relevant legislation, a daily average concentration limit of 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter) should not be exceeded.

The public is encouraged to monitor local updates and take necessary precautions to protect their health during this episode of increased dust concentrations.

[With information sourced from CNA]

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