Jay, that's a tough question. The chemical(s) in use will be the primary determinant of glove material. With that the next question is level of exposure (not likely to very little = splash; a lot and possible full lengthy exposure = immersion) The thickness of the glove materials changes the amount of tolerable exposure time. A disposable type glove that maximizes dexterity may be appropriate in splash applications but create high risk with any prolonged or heavy dose exposure.
As to your question about a wide variety of chemicals the best answer is a film laminant material such as Barrier. That said Barrier might not fit into your definition of "good dexterity." The same is true for any laminant film glove. Log into Ansellpro.com and click on the 7th edition chem guide. (The 8th edition is now available in print upon request and will soon be posted to the web site.) As you scan down the columns under various gloves types you'll get an idea of the gloves that work for a larger number of chemical types.
In short, recommendations for materials will be made for each chemical. If you have more than one chemical to protect from then the chart can help you understand the possibilities. Putting safety first means picking a material and glove type that fits the chemical type and exposure potential.
Forgot to mention. At the ansellpro.com website there is an on-line version of our chemical guide called SpecWare. A new version is almost ready to launch that will allow you to enter up to five chemicals to see what glove(s) will be approriate for some or all the chosen chemicals. This new version of SpecWare should be available within the month.
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