Dust Episode

Announcement on the Dust in the Atmosphere of Cyprus



The Department of Labour Inspection of the Ministry of Labour, Welfare and Social Insurance, announces that today, 4th of October 2016 at 09:00 the hourly concentration of respirable particles in ambient air with diameter less than 10 micrometers (PM10), were between the maximum value of 312 μg/m3 and minimum value of 39 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter). Consequently it is expected that the average 24hour concentration will exceed the corresponding limit value of 50 μg/m3 as defined by the relative legislation. Yesterday, Monday, 3rd of October, the average 24hour concentration of respirable particles was between 30 and 105 μg/m3 depending on the location.


Because of 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.


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 Google Play, currently only compatible with Android mobile phone devices.