High concentrations of dust are observed today, Thursday, February 11, 2021, in the atmosphere according to the measurements of the ground Stations of the Air Quality Monitoring Network of the Labor Inspection Department.
Because the dust contains small inhalable particles, which may have a negative effect on human health, the public and especially vulnerable populations (children, the elderly and the sick) are urged to avoid going outdoors until the phenomenon is over.
Employers must take appropriate measures (organizational or technical), after assessing the risks to their employees in open spaces and employees in such spaces are advised to use appropriate personal protective equipment.
For information, the last hourly dust collection values measured at 8:00 a.m. in the following areas were:
Nicosia: 107 μg / m3
Limassol: 96 μg / m3
Larnaca: 86 μg / m3
Paphos: 66 μg / m3
Lakeside: 67 μg / m3
Weight: 39 μg / m3
Agia Marina Xyliatou: 50 μg / m3
Note that “dust” means inhalable particles in the atmosphere less than 10 μm in diameter (PM10). According to the relevant legislation, the limit value refers to the average daily value and should not exceed the value of 50 μg / m3 (micrograms per cubic meter).
More information and continuous, immediate information on the results of hourly measurements can be found on the website www.airquality.gov.cy and in the application “Air Quality Cyprus”, which can be installed free of charge on a mobile phone.