Environmental Assessment
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Environmental Assessment

A process to observe the workplace to understand more about the setting employees work in and the physical factors, such as the built environment, at and nearby the worksite that support or hinder employee health. The built environment includes all the physical parts of the worksite (building, workstations, open spaces, streets, and infrastructure) which can influence employee health. It considers such components as land use patterns, transportation systems, and design features. 

Environmental Assessment

An environmental analysis prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act to determine whether a federal action would significantly affect the environment and thus require a more detailed environmental impact statement.

Environmental Assessment
"Environmental assessment" means a voluntary evaluation of activities or facilities or of management systems related to such activities or facilities that is designed to identify noncompliance with environmental laws and regulations, promote compliance with environmental laws and regulations, or identify opportunities for improved efficiency or pollution prevention. An environmental assessment may be conducted by the owner or operator of a facility or an independent contractor at the request of the owner or operator.
Environmental Assessment

EAs were authorized by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969. They are analytical documents prepared with public participation to determine whether an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is needed for a project or action. If an EA determines an EIS is not needed, the EA becomes the document allowing agency compliance with NEPA requirements.

Environmental Assessment

 A NEPA compliance document used to determine if an action would have a significant effect on the human environment. If not, a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) is written. If so, an environmental impact statement (EIS) is written.

Environmental Assessment
An environmental analysis that evaluates the positive and negative changes to the environment conditions at and around a particular site of a proposed project. When conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, a more detailed environmental impact statement may be prepared pending this general assessment.
Environmental Assessment

A document that complies with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) law and regulation prepared early in a planning process (Federal) that evaluates the potential environmental consequences of a project or activity.  An assessment includes the same topical areas as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), but only assesses the effects of a preferred action, and in less detail than an EIS.  An EA results in a decision, based on an assessment of the degree of impact of an action, that an EIS is necessary, or that an action will have no significant effect and a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) can be made.

Environmental Assessment

A concise public document whose primary purpose is to provide sufficient analysis of environmental effects of an action to determine whether to prepare an environmental impact statement or a finding of no significant impact.

Environmental Assessment

An environmental analysis performed pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act to determine whether an action would significantly affect the environment and thus require a more detailed environmental impact statement.

Environmental Assessment

An EA is an assessment to determine if the project will have a significant environmental impacts and if not a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) is issued.

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Environmental Assessment has been defined 20 different ways in documents like Workplace Health Promotion Glossary of Terms, FRTR Glossary, Code of Virginia, and 7 more.

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