The department of labour inspection warned on Saturday of increased dust levels in the atmosphere, which will remain until Monday.
According to an announcement, the average hourly concentration of dust particles in the atmosphere was high, ranging from 25 to 191μg/m³ (microgrammes per cubic metre). “It is therefore expected that the average 24-hour level is likely to exceed the safe level of 50μg/m³ which is fixed under the relevant legislation,” it said.
“Due to the small size of particles and the possible negative effects on human health, members of the public, particularly vulnerable population groups – children, the elderly and patients – are advised to avoid spending time outside until the phenomenon subsides,” the announcement said.
It also recommended that people working outdoors use appropriate means of personal protection, and urged employers to take all necessary measures to protect their staff.
More information and real-time updates can be found at www. airquality.dli.mlsi.gov.cy