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Cyprus is “drowning” in dust – Recommendations for vulnerable groups

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High concentrations of dust are observed today, January 28, in the atmosphere according to the measurements of the Ground Stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network of the Department of Labor Inspection and the public and especially vulnerable population groups (children, elderly and patients) are urged to avoid moving in open spaces until the phenomenon has passed.

As stated in the announcement, the dust contains small-sized inhalable particles that may have a negative effect on human health and it is noted that "dust" means respirable particulate matter in the atmosphere with a diameter of less than 10 µm (PM10). According to the relevant legislation, the limit value refers to the average daily value and must not exceed the value of 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).

It is noted that employers must take appropriate organizational or technical measures, after assessing the risks for their employees who are in open spaces, and workers in such spaces are recommended to use appropriate means of personal protection.

Informational , the hourly dust concentration values ​​measured at 8:00 A.M. in the following areas were:

Nicosia:                             85.4  µg/m3

Limassol:                             133.8  μg/m3

Larnaca:                              65.4  µg/m3

Paralimni:                                45  µg/m3

Paphos:                                  49.6  μg/m3

Scale:                                      65.9  μg/m3

Agia Marina Xyliatou:         97.1  μg/m3

More information and continuous, immediate information on the results of the hourly measurements can be found on the website www.airquality.gov.cy and on the "Air Quality Cyprus" application, which can be installed free of charge on mobile phone.

Source: www.sigmalive.com

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